Wasiru, Manyo Plange win in style …on ‘Fist of Fury’ night

World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Global super bantamweight champion, Wasiru ‘Gyatabi’ Mohammed defended his title on Friday with another classy display to stop Beninois John Amuzu at the Bukom Boxing Arena.

Gyatabi subjected his more experienced opponent to ferocious punishment as he unleashed vicious punches all over until the ‘devil’ in him disappeared and forgot about snatching the title from the Ghanaian.

“What happened to Amuzu today was only a fulfillment of a promise I made to him and my fans. I asked my fans to come early to witness the demolishing exercise on Amuzu and I told him that I was going to stop him.”

“He said nothing, so clearly he had nothing to offer me but it is not his fault; my name alone can put fear in people but it is not just the name but what will happen to you if you dare me,” Gyatabi bragged after the fight.

But it was one of his scintillating displays in the ring after he silenced local foe, Emmanuel Sackey and a return fight going up in the skies.

He has severally challenged former world champion, Isaac Dogboe but that fight never came close to realisation, possibly as a result of Gyatabi’s camp failing to meet the demands of the Dogboe camp.

Gyatabi has redirected his focus; throwing a challenge to the WBO bantamweight world champion, Emanuel Navarette in what he says will put the two best boxers in the division in the ring.

Supported by his cornermen, the Gyatabi camp indicated their readiness to face the combative Navarette who defeated Dogboe convincingly on two occasions to seek revenge for his fellow Ghanaian.

Indeed, it was an evening Amuzu would want to forget about quickly after a series of violent punches rendered him dazed and was rushed to the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital for assessment.

But with his rich experience and overwhelming knockout ratio, Amuzu was tipped to give the Ghanaian champion a hell of a fight which he tried to do at the initial exchanges where they expressed caution and studied each other.

Gyatabi emerged a totally different opponent from the second round as he got in his groove, chasing and landing his trademark fierce punches and gave Amuzu no breather.

The visiting boxer tried to fight back but that got Gyatabi charged as the venue roared in applause for the Ghanaian’s firework and it appeared from that period that Amuzu’s end had come.

And it came so soon in the fourth when he was caught by a right hook and landed on the rope for the referee to end it all as Gyatabi improved to 13 wins with 12 knockouts.

Former Black Bomber, Jessie Manyo Plange also recorded a fourth round feat over Nigeria’s Sheriff Kareem in their bantamweight contest.

Though he lacked those ‘killer’ punches that often thrill the fans, Manyo complimented with his mouthwatering ring generalship and brilliant composure in the ring.

Manyo dazzled with his body movement and splendid footwork and connected his jabs effectively in a ‘hit and don’t get hit’ fight philosophy until Kareem failed to respond to the bell for the fourth round and Manyo smiled home with the PBC super flyweight title.

The two fights and others were promoted by Fist of Fury organisers as well as Fight Ready Promotions and sanctioned by the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA).

In the amateur league, John Commey of Black Panthers defeated Samuel Laryea of Bronx gym while Daniel Gorsh, also of Bronx won against Godwin Tetteh of Black Panthers.

Joseph Commey of Black Panthers gym won against Philip Adjorng of Bronx gym; Isaac Neequaye of Bronx gym defeated James Lamptey of Black Panthers; Elvis Kweku Ahoga of WM defeated Seidu Fatai of PPBA while Abdul Aziz Seidu of PPBA won against David Tagoe of WM.

Somtey Teve of WM had a walkover; Ebenezer Tene of Seconds Out Gym won via the disqualification of his opponent, Ahmed Abdulai of Fit Square gym due to the use of a coloured mouthpiece instead of the approved transparent one.

Bismark Saah of Fit Square Gym beat Henry Malm of Seconds Out Gym while Junior Anapimo of Seconds Out Gym defeated Abraham McBruce of Fit Square Gym via TKO.

BY ANDREW NORTEY & MICHAEL D. ABAYATEYE

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