Ghana’s super middleweight boxing prospect, Obodai Sai says he would defeat Burkina Faso opponent, Idrissa Kabore on Friday to pay a befitting tribute to the boxing match-maker, Ako Patterson who passed away on Friday.
Sai, popularly known as ‘The Miracle’ claims he was one of the worst affected by the news of the demise of the celebrated match-maker, the third within six months, coming after sudden departures of experienced boxing coaches, Godwin Nikoi Dzanie (Alloway) and Emmanuel Tagoe (Akese).
“I have lost a mentor and an admirer. He used to encourage me and inspire me to reach for greater heights because I’m talented. My only tribute will therefore be winning the title and dedicate it to his memory.”
Sai, a former Commonwealth super welterweight champion is billed to fight Kabore for the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa super middleweight title as the main undercard of the Isaac Dogboe – Neil John Tabanao championship scheduled for the Police Officers Social and Fitness Centre (POSFC) behind the Police Headquarters in Accra.
Winner of the main bout will become the new WBC Youth World Featherweight champion.
Additionally, the winner will unify the Africa and Asia OPBF (Oriental) featherweight titles held by Dogboe and Tabanao respectively.
According to Sai who last defeated Daniel Adjato last month with a Technical Knockout win, Kabore comes in as a very formidable opponent with an impressive record of 10 wins from 11 fights.
He has lost just once.
That aside, Kabore is used to the Ghanaian terrain having accounted for two Ghanaian boxers on his way to the top on at the continental level.
Kabore defeated Stephen Okine in July 2007 and David Okai in June 2016 and is in high spirits ahead of the fight but Osai told the Times Sports that he was prepared for whatever Kabore brings on board.
Sai boasts of an impressive 28 wins record with two defeats – one in his title defense against Jamie Cox in 2011 and Derrick Webster in 2014 in a contest in the USA.
“I am appealing to my fans to throng the venue on Friday. This is the time to make them proud again after losing the Commonwealth title. This is the beginning of the journey to the world championship.”
By Andrew Nortey