It’s Ghana versus Tanzania in the boxing ring tonight at the Accra Sports Stadium when George Ashie and Allan Kamote clash for the WBO Africa Interim Lightweight championship over twelve rounds.
Both boxers successfully made the weight at the pre-fight weigh-in on Thursday at the same Accra Sports Stadium, 132 lbs Ashie clocked as he stepped on the scale whilst Kamote weighed 134 lbs, setting the stage for the two boxers to slug it out on Friday night.
And confident in his own ability to outlast his opponent come this evening is former Commonwealth Lightweight champion, Ashie (24-4-1, 17 KOs in 29 professional fights) despite confessing to the strengths of the 32 year old Kamote (25-7-4, 14 KOs), the current Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) Lightweight world champion. Continue reading
By Prince Dornu-Leiku – Emmanuel Tagoe lived up to his word by claiming a majority decision victory over compatriot George Ashie as their much trumpeted ‘Clash of Kings’ headliner finally came to a head Saturday night in Accra.
Tagoe, famously called Game Boy had gone into the fight telling anyone who cared to listen that he was going to defeat his big local rival through a points decision and how true his words came alive as the verdict was read after twelve pulsating rounds in which neither boxer could break the foe.
In the end, 114-114, 115-113, 116-112 the three judges had their scorecards tallying in favour of Tagoe who claimed the vacant WBA International Lightweight belt as a result. The crafty GameBoy who entered the ring carried aloft in a palanquin amid carrying a sword like a king, was crowned king and improved his record to 19-1, 8 KOs whilst condemning the amiable Ashie to the fourth defeat of his 28 fight career.
“First of all, I thank God for giving me this victory. I also thank BabyJet Promotions because I’ve wanted this fight for more than six years to prove that I’m the best in the country but never got it. So we thank God that thanks to BabyJet, we have seen the best,” a very satisfied Tagoe told Ghanaian journalists at the unprecedented press conference immediately after the fight at the Accra Stadium Media Centre early hours of Sunday morning. Continue reading
By Prince Dornu-Leiku – All is set for the expected biggest fight night in Ghanaian boxing history Saturday evening at the Accra Sports Stadium when the curtain is finally drawn on the much trumpeted ‘Clash of Kings’ maiden promotion by Ghana national soccer team skipper Asamoah Gyan’s BabyJet Promotions.
A tense weigh-in session invaded by fans galore pledging varying allegiance to either Emmanuel Tagoe or George Ashie who clash in the headliner and a much anticipated showdown which has two of the finest trainers this country can boast also in the respective corners. Legend Azumah Nelson pits his technical aptitude up against Godwin Djanie Alloway, arguably Ghana’s most outstanding boxing coach, the same man who trains Joshua Clottey. Continue reading
By Prince Dornu-Leiku – Despite the tragic death of his mum in a ghastly motor accident barely four days before fight night, Asamoah Gyan’s debut as boxing promoter will still come off Saturday night at the Accra Sports Stadium, with the newly appointed Ghana national soccer team captain expected in the country to supervise the ‘Clash of Kings’ bill.
Former IBF Intercontinental and WBO Africa champion at Junior Lightweight, Emmanuel Tagoe (18-1, 8 KOs) and reigning Commonwealth Junior Lightweight champion George Ashie (23-3-1, 16 KOs) clash for the WBA International Lightweight belt in the main event of the 6-bout bill of Gyan’s BabyJet Promotions.
An electric atmosphere is expected beginning with Friday morning’s weigh-in and press conference which will set the stage for the real thing the next day. With both boxers boasting a vociferous fan base, Saturday night’s fight extravaganza at the nation’s number one sports centre could also possibly be the biggest boxing event ever staged in the history of the West African country famous for producing world champions.
Some of Asamoah Gyan’s footballer and musician friends are also expected in tow to lend their full support to the part-time musician with their presence and performances in-between fights. Continue reading
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: George Ashie (23-3-1, 16 KOs) is calm and calculating, patiently waiting for Saturday November 10, 2012 when he mounts the ring than blab now of what he has up his fist for rival Emmanuel Tagoe, 18-1, 8 KOs. Ashie, nicknamed Red Tiger is promising to discipline Tagoe who goes by the alias Game Boy but will talk no further pointing out that the ring will determine who the true champion is.
“No problem at all. If he talks, it doesn’t mean he has fought already. Boxing is in the ring, not by talking so if the day is finally here, we shall all see what he can do. Let’s pray that the day of the fight does get here, that day has not come yet,” Ashie has told the Ghana-based website www.sportsinghana.com.
Former IBF Intercontinental and WBO Africa Junior Lightweight champ Emmanuel Tagoe on the other hand is so confident of beating Commonwealth Junior Lightweight titlist George Ashie when the duo face-off at the Accra Sports Stadium for the WBA International Lightweight title next weekend, so much he is setting the conditions Ashie has to abide by in order not to get completely humiliated. Continue reading
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Red Tiger versus Game Boy; the nicknames of the two boxers are as electrifying as the epic showdown expected on November 10 when George Ashie faces Emmanuel Tagoe in the headliner of iconic Ghanaian football star Asamoah Gyan’s BabyJet Promotions’ maiden event at the Accra Sports Stadium.
At stake for the fight labeled ‘Clash of Kings’ is the WBA International Lightweight belt and the prospect of pushing up to challenge for the WBA belt itself but for many fans of both of these fighters, bragging rights is more important than anything else.
Both come from the revered Bukom suburb of Accra where most of Ghana’s boxing world champions started their careers and both have been international champions in the past. Ashie (23-3, 16 KOs) still holds the Commonwealth Junior Lightweight title he won back in April this year whilst Tagoe, 19-1, 8 KOs, previously held both the WBO Africa and IBF Intercontinental Junior Lightweight belts. Continue reading
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghana’s much anticipated boxing showdown between local big boys George Ashie AKA Red Tiger and Emmanuel Tagoe famously nicknamed Game Boy has now been fixed for the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday November 11, its official. At stake is the WBO International Lightweight belt for the winner of the main event featuring reigning Commonwealth Lightweight champ Ashie (23-3-1, 16 KOs) against former IBF Intercontinental Junior Lightweight titlist Tagoe (18-1, 8 KOs), on the night dubbed ‘The Clash of the Kings.’
It will be the rookie promotion for Ghana national soccer team star Asamoah Gyan as his recently licensed Baby Jet Promotions stage a total of about 6 fights in collaboration with Accra based Box Office Sports Promotions headed by Alex Ntiamoah-Boakye. It’s also organised in association with FightNight GH on Africa’s leading sports TV, Supersport on DSTV.
Both boxers have been engaged in verbal exchanges and signed a contract to honour the much anticipated fight over a month ago. Red Tiger and Game Boy have since been training fervently for the big night also nicknamed ‘The Dream Match,’ at the Ghana’s number one sports stadium. Continue reading