Lawyer Peter Zwennes, President of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) says boxing is the number one sport in Ghana, and members of the boxing fraternity have stories to tell as Ghana gears up for the 60th Independence Anniversary.
Speaking at the launch of the Freedom Fight Night at the International Conference Center in Accra on February 16, 2017, he noted that some journalists keep on labeling boxing as a lesser known sport which is not true.
According to the GBA President Ghana Boxing hit the world and international headlines as far back as the 1950’s when Roy Ankrah was shining in British rings and in the 1970’s when David Kotei Poison won the World Boxing Council (WBC) Featherweight title, then Azumah Nelson won in the 1980’s, even before the Black Stars (Ghana national soccer team) qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 2006.
He said boxing has brought Ghana more fame and honour than any sport, yet governments have failed to honour promises.
He expressed gratitude to the National Democratic Congress’ government for putting up the Bukom Boxing Arena where the Freedom Fight Night comes off as part of the Independence celebration activities.
Peter Zwennes commended Street Wise Promotions and Errol Management for putting up three World Boxing Council Silver titles at stake with three Ghanaians involved.
Richard Commey who lost the challenge for the IBF Lightweight crown takes on Hedi Slimani from Belgium.
Handsome Commonwealth Bantamweight Champion Duke Micah also known as The Terminator will fight Jonathan Aguilar from Mexico, then USA based top Welterweight contender will size up with Sakima Mullings from Jamaica. All the fights have the WBC Silver titles at stake and boxing fans are going to enjoy real action and fun.
Michael Amoo-Bediako CEO of Street Wise Promotions expressed his joy and appreciation to the Ghana @ 60 Planning Committee for deciding to add boxing to the activities and promised a world class organization.
Dr. Jefferson Sackey, head of media and publicity at the Ghana @ 60 secretariat was also elated to be part of the three WBC International boxing fiesta.
He announced that other sporting and cultural activities have been planned for the year-long Ghana @ 60 celebrations with the theme “Mobilizing for Ghana’s future.”
Former IBF Bantamweight Champion Joseph Agbeko was at the Press Conference to offer the fighters on the bill morale support.
Nii Okai Nunoo of Leonart Yert Ltd, a PR, Advertising and Marketing Company supporting the event called on Ghanaian firms to associate themselves with the event as they would realize massive positive results.
Members of the Ghana Boxing Supporters Union (GHABSU) were there to cheer on the boxers.
Source: Sammy Heywood Okine