Tagoe is new IBO lightweight champion

TagoeEmmanuel “Game Boy” Tagoe is Ghana’s new world champion after beating South African boxer, Mzonke Fana by unanimous decision to win the vacant IBO lightweight title on Saturday.

The South African was rushed to the hospital after the bout as he received the beating of his life from Tagoe at the newly-built Bukom Arena in Accra.

The 29-year-old Tagoe, came face-to-face with the former world champion who is 43 but determined to win against the Ghanaian.

Game Boy, however, did not allow him to settle in the fight as he went straight with “deadly” punches which dropped Fana twice on his canvas in the first round and dominated the fight afterwards.

It was obvious the Ghanaian had intentions of knocking out his opponent, but Fana kept a good fighting spirit to end the 12-round of electrifying bout.

Judges scored the bout, 120-106, 120-107, 120-106 all in favour of Tagoe.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, owner of Baby Jets Promotions, Captain Asamoah Gyan and other dignitaries were present to support the Ghanaian boxer to victory.

For the undercads,  Obodai Sai defended his interim African middleweight title claiming a 12-round decision win against Tanzania’s Ibrahim Tamba.

Felix Williams stopped Taofik Bisuga in round four to claim the vacant WBE/WBL featherweight title while Michael Pappoe knocked out Edward Kambasi in six rounds in their bout.

 

By Michael D. Abayateye

 

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