Laryea, Martey to battle for WBO Africa strap April 30
Former WBO Africa featherweight champion, John Laryea, who lost his title due to inactivity has been presented with a second chance to lay hands on the featherweight strap.
Come April 30, the young talented boxer from the Bronx Boxing gym in Accra will mount the ring to face another hard nut, Solomon Martey, for the title.
The title has remained vacant after the WBO stripped off the bearer, Laryea for lack of activity.
But with help from his promoters, the Bronx Boxing Promotions in collaboration with the Asamoah Gyan Foundation, Laryea will hope to take back his title which he sees as a launch pad to greatness in his burgeoning career.
Laryea boasts of an impressive 13-0 record, and is favoured to overcome his opponent.
“I’ll win the title again and go for the real world title. It is about time Ghana gets a world title; I believe I am the one to bring a world title home,” Laryea told the media at a press launch for the fight.
According to the boxer, the lack of activity was a fault of his because he was ready for fights, but it appeared challengers were scared of him.
“I have always been ready but the opponents are just not coming. They know what I’m made of. Those who don’t know would have a feel of it on April 30 when I subject my opponent to torture in the ring.”
But Solomon Martey is unperturbed with Laryea’s rants because his own impressive record of 15 fights with just a defeat also speaks volumes of the threat he poses to Laryea.
“I don’t fear any boxer; I’m prepared for any boxer and ready to win the title.
“I have beaten better boxers, so this fight will be easy. I am just waiting for the night to show my skills and power,” he stated.
Also addressing the media, the WBO Africa representative, Mr Samir Captan, said he was impressed with the records of both boxers, and hoped the better boxer carries the day.
Mr Captan, a former Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) Chairman, advised the promoters to provide adequate security and ensure the safety of fans and boxers before, during and after the bout.
On the undercards, Daniel Gosh will defend his national super bantamweight title against a yet to be named opponent