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Disappointed Bukom Banku ready to dethrone WBO champ Cleverly

Bukom BankuBy Prince Dornu-Leiku: Disappointed despite victory, Ghana’s boxing sensation Braimah Kamoko has declared his readiness to beat Welshman Nathan Cleverly as his quest for to become a world champions gathers momentum. Kamoko (22-0, 16 KOs) moved a step closer to a shot at the WBO Light heavyweight belt with his unanimous decision victory over stubborn Namibian Vikapita Meroro last Saturday to add the WBO Africa Light Heavyweight belt to the lowly rated World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) title he already holds.

Vikapita refused to allow the man famously called Bukom Banku to launch two, three or more punch combinations all fight long at the Accra International Conference Centre amid boos and jeers from the disappointed crowd who realized the Namibian had deprived them of any exciting bout they had anticipated.

118-109, 116-110 and 115-113 the Ghanaian won on the scorecards of all three judges as equally disappointed in Vikapita’s output was Bukom Banku himself, but the Ghanaian showman remains unwavering in his bid to claim the WBO title from Nathan Cleverly.

“This is not a fight, the opponent was afraid of me. He was just clinching and this really got me frustrated but I’m happy to win. Now what I want is the world title. I want to fight Cleverly and take the WBO title, I can’t wait,” the words Bukom Banku could utter to the press after the fight, underlining his disappointment.

Equally disappointing on the ‘No Turning Back’ bill put together by Golden Mike Boxing Promotions was South African Sikhulule Sidwumo who resorted to a flurry of low blows against Ghanaian Joshua Okine until the referee couldn’t take it no more but disqualify him in round 7 in their bout for the IBF Intercontinental Welterweight belt. Joshua Okine, famously called Bukom Tsatsu thereby added the IBF title to the WBO Africa Welterweight belt he already held.

Another Ghana world championship hopeful Emmanuel Tagoe won the IBF Intercontinental Super Featherweight title via a unanimous decision against Oscar Bravo of Chile. 118-110, 120-109 and 120-110 the Ghanaian triumphed on the scorecards of all three ringside judges.

In other bouts, Benjamin Ashley scored a split points decision win over Isaac Aryee to take the national Lightweight title in what was the final but arguably the most exciting fight of the night as well as hot prospect Frederick Lawson claimed a unanimous decision against Kofi Manu in a welterweight contest.

Elsewhere, Sam Amoako beat Kareem Aroyo via unanimous points decision in their international lightweight fight, Patrick Allotey secured a unanimous decision victory in an international Catchweight contest against Jamiru Tyson whilst Michael Gbenga scored a 3rd round TKO over Eric Kwardey in a Light Heavyweight clash.

Article posted on 29.06.2011



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