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Dahou vows to win WBC youth title for Groupe Benhamadi and Algerians

The countdown has begun to the epic boxing battle in Algeria on December 19 when world title chasing home boy, Djamel Dahou squares off against Mexican Daniel Valenzuela for the vacant WBC Youth Interim Welterweight title.

Such is the huge support for undefeated Dahou (12-0, 11 KOs) in his country he has vowed to personally undertake the mission to put Algeria’s name on the map of world boxing, beginning with victory over Valenzuela next month. Continue reading

Dahou faces Valenzuela for WBC Interim Youth Welterweight title

Algeria’s Djamel Dahou gets the opportunity to state his case for a world title crack when he takes on Daniel Valenzuela of Mexico for the WBC Youth Interim Welterweight belt on December 19.

World title chasing Dahou hopes to take advantage of home support to see off the challenge of Valenzuela at 34000 Bordj Bou Arreridj in Algeria on the heels of Christmas 2014.

Algeria’s leading fight promoters, Mokhtar Mohamed Boxing Promotions are staging the December 19 bout which has been sanctioned by WBC as well as the Algeria Boxing Board and sponsored by Groupe Benhamadi. Continue reading

Commonwealth champ Ekpo eyes Arthur Abraham-Paul Smith winner

Newly crowned Commonwealth and WBO Africa Super Middleweight champion, Isaac Ekpo is eyeing an immediate re-crack at the world title itself after revealing his desire to face the winner of the upcoming WBO Super Middleweight championship between champion, Arthur Abraham and Paul Smith.

Ekpo previously lost a decision in a bid for the same WBO title against Robert Stieglitz in Germany last year, the same opponent Arthur Abraham defeated in March to wrestle away the title.

Abraham subsequently successfully defended the belt against Nikola Sjekloca at the end of May and is now aiming at a second successful defence against 31 year old British Super Middleweight champion, Paul Smith at Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany on September 27.

Ekpo who only last month won both the Commonwealth and WBO Africa titles on the back of a convincing victory in Accra, says he is ready to finally achieve his boxing ambition of world championship glory and believes he can overcome the challenge any of Arthur Abraham or Paul Smith could present. And he wants a chance without delay to prove his case. Continue reading

Ghana’s Theophilus Tetteh to face Pagan of Scotland in Commonwealth title eliminator

World title chasing Ghanaian boxer, Theophilus Tetteh gets the chance to edge closer to his childhood dreams when he faces Rhys Pagan of Scotland in a final eliminator for the Commonwealth Light Middleweight title on September 21.

Tetteh, a former WBO interim Africa champion last fought when he defeated compatriot Ishmael Tetteh in Accra on December 20 last year to win the WBO Africa Junior Middleweight belt itself.

Now he gets the opportunity to announce himself to the world before a UK audience against the 21 year old Pagan at the Miners Welfare Club, Cleland, Scotland on a Prospect Boxing Promotions bill on the night of Ghana’s Founder’s Day. Continue reading

Commey ready to beat Buckland to Commonwealth Lightweight title

There is no turning back now as Richard Oblitey Commey’s date of destiny approaches ever quicker with his Commonwealth Lightweight date against Gary Buckland now on July 12 barely days away.

The unbeaten Ghanaian’s long awaited quest to wear the Commonwealth Lightweight belt takes centrestage at the York Hall, Bethnal Green in London next weekend when he squares up against Welshman Gary Buckland for a title he first got the opportunity to fight for a year ago.

One fighter after another had failed to make it into the ring for the bout for the British empire belt with Commey even making time in-between to fight for and win the African Boxing Union (ABU) Lightweight title on December 26. Continue reading

Freddy Lawson books June 7 date against ex-champ Randall Bailey

Ghana’s Freddy Lawson has been celebrating breaking into the IBF ratings last week and has now been confirmed for his next challenge against ex-world champ Randall Bailey.

Having already won his maiden bout in the United States in dominant fashion, undefeated Ghanaian welterweight Fredrick Lawson next faces the challenge of former IBF Welterweight champion, Randall Bailey (44-8, 37 KOs) nicknamed The Knockout King.

Tickets went on sale on Friday for the fight scheduled for June 7th at the Myth in Minnesota, the same place Lawson (22-0, 20 KOs) so authoritatively defeated US based Ugandan, Mohammed Kanyogo back on March 22. Continue reading

Ekpo made mandatory challenger to Commonwealth Super Middleweight title

Ghana based Nigerian pugilist, Isaac Ekpo has been awarded mandatory status by the Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC) for their Super Middleweight championship.

The title has become vacant following the failure of Ghana’s Charles Adamu The Crusader to annex it last Saturday after a unanimous decision loss to hitherto champion, Rocky Fielding who was stripped of the belt even before he faced Adamu for failing to make the weight.

According to the CBC bulletin released on 16th March 2014, the Board of Directors of the CBC voted unanimously for the former world title contender to be next in line to battle for the 168 lbs Commonwealth championship.

Ekpo who fought for the WBO world title against Robert Stieglitz in Germany on October 19 last year and is a stable mate of Charles Adamu has welcomed the news as the perfect opportunity to re-launch his career. Continue reading

Rafael Mensah ready for world’s best Lightweights

Unbeaten Ghanaian Lightweight, Rafael Mensah remains resolute in the pledge to follow in the footsteps of childhood hero, Ike Bazooka Quartey and bring Ghana another WBA world title.
One of the best kept secrets in Ghanaian boxing circles, Mensah, 21-0, 16 KOs has steadily found his way into the WBA rankings and is currently number 8 in the world.

He’s coming off a successful defence of the WBA Pan Africa Lightweight belt courtesy a round 4 TKO Mouibi Serouna of Togo and will be in action again on May 3 against former African champion, Abdul Malik Jabir.

When Eastsideboxing.com caught with Rafael Mensah in Accra, the boxer affirmed his readiness to challenge the elite Lightweights in world boxing but until he gets a shot he will be defending his African version of the WBA Lightweight belt. Continue reading

Ekpo wants all the big fights in the world

Still counting the gains and experience of challenging for the world title against Robert Stieglitz in Germany on October 19 last year, albeit unsuccessfully in a bid for the WBO world title, Ghana based Nigerian Super Middleweight, Isaac Ekpo has boldly declared his readiness to fight all of the top boxers in that division globally.

Ahead of his return to the ring on May 3 for the WBO Africa Super Middleweight belt, Eastsideboxing.com caught up with the former world title challenger at the Attoh Quarshie gym where he trains in Accra.
Ekpo, a stable mate of former world champion, Joshua Clottey was confident in his assertion that he is primed up for the big boys of the Super Middleweight division. Asked who he will like to fight, Ekpo replied that his dream fight will be against former WBC Super Middleweight champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr. Continue reading

WBO no.4 rated Maxwell Awuku seeks Mikey Garcia fight

Still living the avowed childhood dream to become a boxing world champion, Ghanaian Super Featherweight hotshot, Maxwell Awuku ranked number 4 in the world by the WBO, says the time for world championship glory is now.

Awuku says his immediate target is now to fight for the world title amid stating emphatically the boxer he cherishes most to face in the ring, even today with a particular opponent in mind. Awuku (38-2-1, 25 KOs) is knocking hard on the doors of WBO world champion, Mikey Garcia. Continue reading