Tagoe Gets A Knock Out Win In U.S

Tagoe1Ghana’s Emmanuel Tagoe secured a knockout win over Geraldo Robles in the first overseas boxing bout organised by Asamoah

The 23-year old stopped his American opponent in the nineth round of the main event hosted at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California to win the vacant IBF Intercontinental Super Featherweight title early last Saturday morning a bout that was funded by Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan.

This win ensures the plan to have ‘Game Boy’ secure Ghana’s next boxing world title remains on course. The James Town born fighter had to do it the hard way to make Ghanaians and his management led by Asamoah Gyan proud.

Majority of the boxer’s office staff and the media had been denied visa in order to travel to the US to offer administrative and moral support.

This threatened to wane Tagoe’s confidence ahead of the bout as he appeared deserted in the US with only his trainers and personal manager Baffour Gyan to fall on.

But this actually fueled the boxer’s determination to go all out to ensure he remains in line for a world
title fight.

His 9th round knockout win shocked the predominant American crowd who had attended the fight in their numbers in anticipation of an
easy win over the diminutive but loudmouth Ghanaian.

The win last Saturday now extends Tagoe’s record to 23 wins – 10 by way of knockout. He is expected to be given a warm
welcome on his return to Ghana as he reorganizes himself for his next overseas fight which could possibly
be for a world title.

Defender Jonathan Mensah’s regaining of his first team place at French side Evian is a big boost for Ghana ahead of next
month’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Zambia.

The centre-back, who is by many as the most competent replacement for injured Isaac Vorsah, will get some match
fitness before the titanic clash in Kumasi on 6 September.

The 22-year-old struggled for playing time at Evian last season because of injuries. But having fully recovered from the fitness problems,
Mensah was at his defensive best in the starting line-up as they held Sochaux to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

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