WBC Vice-President: Boxing Arena very important for Ghana

HoucineBy Prince Dornu-Leiku: Houcine Houichi, Vice-President of the World Boxing Council (WBC) has welcomed the news that a boxing arena will be built in Ghana soon. Mr. Houichi who is also the President of African Boxing Union (ABU), says unless there is a modern arena befitting the sport, no one would bring a world title fight to this country.

Thatís why he was himself with so much joy after hearing the news that a Kuwaiti based business group facilitated by Heart of Lions Promotions President Victor Ahiakpor are close to start work on a $40 million boxing arena in Ghana.

The WBC Vice-President got wind of the news when Ahiakpor famously called Abramovich flanked by his Kuwaiti entourage led by Saud Al-Mass, was interviewed in the ring during Monday nightís ĎPut up or Shut upí boxing promotion at the Lebanon House in Accra.

ďI think itís very good news for boxing fans in Ghana. The development of professional boxing depends on the right conditions necessary for championship fights. Itís not possible to have international events, even African level in such environs.

ďItís not possible that boxers donít have a dressing room, they dress in public, itís not possible,Ē Mr. Houichi told on Tuesday morning at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel where heís lodging in Accra.

He has been here since Saturday and supervised Mondayís boxing show which had Ghanaian Patrick Allotey beating Burkinabe namesake Sou Toke for the WBC International silver welterweight belt. He is due to depart Accra for his France base on Wednesday.

Furthermore, Houichi, who is also the WBC President for the Mediterranean as well as Vice-President of UFB (Union Francophone de Boxing), adds: ďFor me it (arena) is good news, it is very good news for boxing in Ghana. For me, thatís what you are lacking.

ďItís even important for the image of the country. You canít bring people from outside and put them in such bad conditions (as at the Lebanon House). Itís not good for the countryís image. This is business, you must be professional.

ďYou need good, serious and strong promoters, this is business, the promoter has to know his responsibilities and Iím delighted to hear of this new promoter called Ahiakpor. Iíve heard heís serious and I can assure him of the WBCís full support.Ē

Article posted on 28.12.2011

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