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Osumanu Adama won’t give up on world title dream

He may have lost a second world title fight in two years but Ghana’s Osumanu Adama insists all is not lost and he can still realise the childhood dream of becoming a boxing world champion.

Adama,now 22-4, 16 KOs suffered the most annihilating defeat of his 12 year professional career last Saturday night in Monte Carlo following a round 7 technical knockout loss to IBO and WBA Super Middleweight king, Gennady Golovkin.
It was also the first time the Ghanaian nicknamed Machine Gun has ever been stopped in the ring but Adama remains unfazed, steadfastly maintaining his belief of claiming world championship glory before he retires.

“It was a disappointing loss but I will be back and I know I can get a world title shot again, I have agood feeling it will happen. I lost but it’s not the end of the world, I can still become world champion. I have to fulfill my dream,” Adama told this writer exclusively from his Joliet, Chicago base early Monday morning. Continue reading

Akrong for WBO International title in Australia March 1

Mohammed Akrong of Ghana hopes to finally push his case for a world title crack when he gets the opportunity to win an international title on March 1 in Australia as he faces home favourite, undefeated Jake Carr with the WBO International Super Middleweight belt at stake.

Akrong, AKA Asua Lee boasts a professional career spanning over ten years and is a former Ghana, West Africa and Africa Boxing Union (ABU) champion but lost his bid for the Commonwealth Super Middleweight title last September to Rocky Fielding in the UK.

Now he gets the chance to put himself back in reckoning for a shot at the WBO world title itself should he prevail over the undefeated Australian Super Middleweight champion, Carr in the boxing extravaganza promoted by Lee Murray of Title Shot Promotions at the Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia. Continue reading

Rafael Mensah retains WBA Pan-Africa Lightweight title

Rafael Mensah of Ghana maintained his perfect career record by successfully defending the WBA Pan-Africa Lightweight belt following a 4th round technical knockout win over Benin’s Serouna Mouibi on Saturday night in Accra.

Unbeaten Mensah AKA Sweet Pea improves to 21-0, 16 KOs after a dominant display against Mouibi, flooring the Beninois in the 3rd round before annihilating him in the 4th until Mouibi couldn’t take it any longer right at the end of the round. 2.59 minutes of round four the clock read when referee Roger Barnor stopped the hotly contested bout.

Mensah who is currently ranked 6th in the WBA’s Lightweight division has vowed to follow in the footsteps of the great Ike Bazooka Quartey and win a world boxing championship soon. The man nicknamed Sweet Pea is delighted at his latest victory and is pledging to work even harder to realise his dreams. Continue reading

Ghana’s Maxwell Awuku taunts WBA Interim champ Gamboa

Maxwell Awuku, the world title chasing Ghanaian Super Featherweight has thrown a challenge to the elite class of boxers in his division, declaring a readiness to face any of them in the ring but most notably Awuku wants to face Yuriorkis Gamboa, the Interim WBA Lightweight champion.

Awuku, a veteran of over a decade as a professional boxer having first taken to the ring way back in 2002 and who previously held both WBA Pan-Africa and WBO Africa Junior Lightweight belts believes he has gained enough experience to be able to match the elites in the Super Featherweight division.

“Talk about WBC champion, Takashi Miura, IBF king, Rances Barthelemy or WBO champ, Miguel Angel Garcia and I will tell you I can face any of them and emerge victorious. All I ask for is the opportunity to fight any of them anywhere,” Awuku said in an exclusive interview in Accra. Continue reading

Opalach, Samson ready for battle in Accra after weigh-in

Opalach vrs SamsonThe stage has been set for fireworks in Accra on Friday evening following a successful weigh-in at the Media Centre of the Accra Sports Stadium on Thursday afternoon by Prezmyslaw Opalach of Poland and Tanzanian slugger, Maisha Samson.

Opalach weighed 164 pounds and Samson 165 pounds ahead of their face off for the IBF International Super Middleweight championship at the DG Hathiramani Hall headlining the Warriors 2 boxing showpiece staged by Alex Ntiamoah-Boakye’s Box Office Sports Promotions in collaboration with Union Sports Promotions headed by Nana Ampofo.
“Boxing is a universal sport that brings people together so it doesn’t matter where it takes place. Agbeko comes from Ghana and he fought Rigondeaux who is from Cuba in USA so same way Opalach and Samson have come to Ghana to fight,” explained Box Office Promotions CEO Alex Ntiamoah-Boakye. Continue reading

Przemyslaw Opalach headlines Warriors Night 2 boxing show Dec 20 in Accra

OpalachThe quest to enshrine Ghana as the hub of boxing on the African continent swings into full gear on December 20 when Alex Ntiamoah Boakye’s Box Office Sports Promotions in collaboration with Union Sports Promotions headed by Nana Ampofo present the Warriors Night 2 boxing show headlined by a fight between two foreigners in Accra.

The epic night of boxing scheduled for the D.G. Hathiramani Sports Hall of the Accra Sports Stadium has top on the bill the clash for the IBF International Super Middleweight Championship over 12 rounds featuring Przemyslaw Opalach of Poland against Tanzanian Maisha Samson. Opalach is being managed by Dalibor Ban, a German with Croatian origin, also a former manager of Uensal Arik, a German who fought on Box Office Promotions’ bill here in Ghana in the year 2011. Now he eyes the IBF International title but standing between the Polish boxer and history is the Samson, the pride of Tanzania. Continue reading

Richie Commey begins Alive & Kicking Ambassadorial role

New ALIVE AND KICKING Ambassador Commey presents gloves and ballsGhana’s IBF Continental Africa Lightweight titlist, Richie Commey has began his new position as the Ambassador for social charity, Alive & Kicking after he was officially unveiled on Thursday October 10, 2013 in Accra to champion the cause of the NGO which produces balls to create employment in Kenya, Zambia and of course, Ghana.

Commey who has vowed to use the new role to encourage young potential sportsmen to attach equal importance to education as they will to their sports persuasions, has quickly stepped into the job by immediately touring two schools within the James Town suburbs where he grew up.

“It’s simply a great opportunity and I feel humbled and privileged to be appointed to this role. There are a lot of boxers and sportsmen in this country so for me to be chosen, is fantastic and feels great,” Commey told East Side Boxing exclusively after his unveiling. Continue reading

Joey Hernandez keen on new opportunities after parting ways with Don King

Joey HernandezMiami based boxer, Joey Hernandez is expressing delight after parting ways with Don King Promotions and is quickly forging ahead to a brighter future. World title chasing Hernandez, nicknamed Twinkle Fingers last fought in November last year when he impressed in a unanimous decision win over James Winchester but is hopeful his new status can open the way to big deals as he desperately seeks to revive his professional career.

“I’m so excited I got release from Don. I signed something I can’t badmouth him, all I can say is Joey Hernandez is officially released from Don King Promotions and now is a free agent willing to accept any challenges with top guys,” an obviously elated Hernandez told East Side Boxing exclusively. Continue reading

Dahou beats Dodze to win WBC Youth title

dahou wins wbc youthAlgerian, Nasreddine Dahou claimed the WBC Youth Welterweight championship following a 3rd round stoppage of Ghana’s Frank Dodze on Friday night in Accra.

Fighting in front of a massive crowd at the D.G. Hathiramani Hall of the Accra Sports Stadium, 21 year old Dahou defied the huge home advantage of Dodze, flooring the Ghanaian in round 2 of their scheduled 10-rounder before the corner of the Ghanaian couldn’t take it any longer, throwing in the towel in round 3 much to the delight of Dahou.

Afterwards, the Algerian was decorated with the WBC Youth Welterweight belt by WBC Vice President also African Boxing Union (ABU) President, Houcine Houichi ably assisted by Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) President, Peter Zwennes. Continue reading