‘Change approach to sports management’

Boxing great Azumah Nelson says until a more pragmatic approach was adopted, boxing will keep wobbling on its feet.

After his exit and the likes of Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey and others, the sport has struggled to produce quality boxers of their kind.

And to the iconic pugilist, strategising was one of the surest ways to restore the sport’s lost glory.

Considered as Africa’s finest boxer, having reigned for a decade in three weight divisions, Ghana has struggled to raise a boxer of his kind; a situation which has left him worried.

According to the boxing professor, Ghana has treated sports as if it was only about football, saying that, it was not a good sign of a country that wants to thrive in sports.

“Ghana is not only about football. Government must put in place measures to support the development of the numerous talents in the country to become world champions.”

He added, “Boxers sometimes do not get the needed support to represent the country at the Olympic Games. We need to revisit our approach towards boxing so that the young talents could make the nation proud. We need to change our approach.”

Meanwhile, Ghanaian boxer Braimah Kamoko (31-1, 24 KOs) popularly known as “Bukom Banku” would battle Hungarian boxer, Ferenc Albert (27-16, 15KO’s) in an International Professional Boxing Cruiserweight contest.

The bout set for September 7, at the St. George Hall in Bradford, United Kingdom, would see the enigmatic boxer make his international debut having fought 32 times in Ghana.

Bukom Banku, after suffering his first loss against Bastie Samir in 2017 was ruthless in his last bout against Kabiru ‘Storm’ Towolawi back in December 2018 as he dropped the boxer in a round four technical knockout.

Despite being out of the ring for many months, Banku would be looking to test his credentials for a return to the top against the Hungarian boxer who has lost 16 times in his career having been knocked down 10 times. –GNA

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