The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) has lifted a five-year ban on former Africa WBO heavyweight champion, Richard Harrison Nii Lartey.
The action, according to the statement signed by Abraham Kotei Neequaye, GBA President, followed a letter of apology submitted to the Executive Board Members of the GBA and the entire members of the boxing fraternity for his misconduct and indiscipline that led to the ban.
“The Ghana Boxing Authority wishes to inform the public that the 5-year ban on former Africa WBO Heavyweight Champion, Richard Harrison Nii Lartey has be lifted with immediate effect,” the statement said.
Harrison Lartey was banned by the erstwhile GBA President, Peter Zwennes for using forged authorization letter in the name of the GBA and repeated same under the current GBA led by Abraham Kotei Neequaye.
He deliberately circumvented the sanction by using a Tanzanian professional boxing license to fight Abdulkerim Edilov in Russia on November 3, 2021.
He failed on three consecutive times to appear before the Disciplinary and Arbitration Committee of the GBA without any justifiable reasons.
“After critical thinking and sober reflection on the unfortunate situation, Harrison indicated to the GBA that upon second thought, he realized a wrong approach in addressing his managerial issue pertaining to his contract and all other misconduct behaviour,” the statement said.
“He finally pleaded with the GBA to take a second look at the 5-year ban imposed on him because if nothing was done to ameliorate it, his boxing career will end abruptly, and family suffer the untold hardship,” the statement said.
BY ANDREW NORTEY