Tanzanian boxer Ready for Gyatabi

TANZANIAN boxer Loren Japhet has sent a strong warning to Ghana’s Wasiru ‘Gyatabi’ Mohammed ahead of their World Boxing Organisation (WBO) super bantamweight global title fight tomorrow.

According to Japhet, who arrived in Accra on Wednesday for the clash, he is not in the country to joke and would be looking forward to taking the title with him to Tanzania.

Accompanied by his trainer Max James, the 22-year-old, who has fought 13 times professionally including two losses and two draws, appeared very optimistic about Saturday’s bout scheduled for the DG Hathramani Hall at the Accra Sports Stadium.

“They know what I’m capable of in Tanzania; I did not come here to play, I will finish the task ahead very well,” he spoke through his trainer, who served as an interpreter.

He was welcomed at the airport by a co-partner of Ellis and John Promotions, Ellis Quashigah and Michael Patterson of WBO Africa supervisory Secretariat in Accra.

Japhet maintained that he was unperturbed by the home support of Gyatabi and would shock the boxer on the night.

“I know he is a knockout specialist but I will teach him what the real knockout is on Saturday,” he stressed.

The unassuming youngster can also boast of some incredible records as he is yet to taste a defeat in eleven bouts since losing to compatriot Hashimu Zuberi in December 2015.

He also won his last bout through a unanimous decision against Tanzanian Mohammed Kashinde, making him a very strong opponent for any boxer.

However, undefeated Gyatabi is also beaming with confidence ahead of the bout with a lot at stake for the boxer.

The sensational Gyatabi, who has won almost all his bouts via knockout, is also putting his WBO Africa super bantamweight title on the line and he is expected to make the nation proud yet again.

The 23-year-old Ghanaian has been absent from the ring for nine months, following his controversial win over Isaac Sackey last October at the Bukom Arena to snatch the WBO Africa super bantamweight title from him. Now, he says he is back with a bang.

“I’m ready and prepared for him and will deliver and stop him when the time comes,” he stated.

BY MICHAEL D.ABAYATEYE

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