GBA gets 10 new title belts

The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) has taken delivery of 10 new title belts for its sanctioned championships.

The belts which arrived on Monday were produced in Pakistan by Sarwar Star International, a manufacturing giant in boxing equipment, martial arts, and championship belts.

The GBA Vice President, Mr. Roger Barnor, confirmed the arrival of the belts which he said would give its sanctioned bouts a new image and ease the stress associated with arrangement with championships.

Mr. Barnor, an experienced referee, said the current GBA inherited two titles, making it difficult to make presentations at championships.

He said the arrival of the new titles will mark the end of the era when boxers won titles and are given a period of time to return them to the GBA to enable other promoters to have them.

“The world over, boxers were allowed to take titles they win for keeps but sadly, it doesn’t happen in Ghana. Things would change this time because winners would keep the titles for keep.”

Mr. Amin Lamptey, Communications Director of the GBA, also told the Times Sports the newly acquired titles were a few of the initiatives the current administration was making to rebrand the boxing regulatory body.

He confirmed many other titles will follow with details expected to be announced at its intended launch at a date to be announced soon.

According to Mr. Lamptey, the GBA would also outdoor a brand new car to aid its operations.

“We are doing a lot of things to make the GBA vibrant. We’ll soon launch a website for the association and announce the registration of over 500 members of its public on the National Health Insurance Scheme.”

That aside, MrLamptey pointed out that the GBA’s constitution has been reviewed while its rule-book was also being considered.

A member of the GBA, Carl Lokko, also commended the move to get the new titles, believing that it will take away some of the bottlenecks associated promotions.

BY ANDREW NORTEY

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