Bastie Samir back in US sparring with Mayweather

Bastie fixGhanaian boxer, Bastie Samir is back in the US sparring with Floyd Mayweather as the pound-for-pound king prepares for the biggest fight of the year against Saul Canelo Alvarez on September 14.

Bastie, senior brother of recently crowned IBF Youth Welterweight champion, Issah Samir started his professional career in the USA.

He previously sparred with Mayweather before the unbeaten American fought against Miguel Cotto in May last year but came down to Ghana at the end of 2012 to receive herbal treatment on an injury. Whilst here in Ghana, he fought three times, claiming knockout wins in all before the call came from Mayweather that he once again needed the services of the former Black Bombers captain.

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Agbeko holds no grudge against Russel Mora

Agbeko painFormer IBF Bantamweight titlist, Joseph King Kong Agbeko will be more than happy to shake hands and warmly embrace American referee, Russel Mora any day. Agbeko was at the suffering end of one of the most controversial boxing officiatings ever in his first fight against Mexican Abner Mares in August 2011 as referee Mora failed to punish Mares for several low blows much to the chagrin of Agbeko and the boxing world.

In the event, the Ghanaian lost the IBF belt which he then held and even though the IBF ordered an immediate rematch barely four months later, Agbeko was not in his groove and lost that one via a unanimous verdict.

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All set for Fred Lawson vs. Ungiadze in Accra Saturday

Fredd LwasonGHANA is engulfed in a festive mood as it host yet another major IBF title. This time around the vacant “IBF International Welterweight Title” is up for a grab. The rivalry is between two of the finest boxers from Africa and Eastern Europe. Pitting the “IBF Continental Africa Welterweight King” and number #5 IBF I/C Fredrick Lawson (20(19)-0-0) on the one hand and the Georgian strongman George Ungiadze (22(10)-14(3)-0) on the other hand respectively. The duos meet next weekend July 20, 2013 and their rumble has already been rated a 4 stars by the boxing pundits.

It is only natural for the nation of Ghana harboring so many talented boxers to invest so much hopes to these fine athletes while other countries in the continent are only paying lip services to the development of boxing as a professional sport. The country is rejuvenating its lost boxing glory that exited with the great boxers the like of Poison Kotey, Prof. Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey to mention just a few.

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Commey sparring with Joshua Clottey ahead of Commonwealth eliminator

Commey spars with ClotteyWorld title hopeful, Richard Commey is in high spirits and predicting nothing but victory in his scheduled July 13 fight in the UK against Paul Truscott in a final eliminator for the Commonwealth Lightweight title.

Hitherto UK based Commey has been training in Ghana with his coach, Carl Lokko and has sparred with some of this country’s best boxers including former IBF Welterweight champion, Joshua Clottey and Obodai Sai, a former Commonwealth Lightweight champion.

Now he says he is ready to emulate his illustrious compatriots by going for the ultimate beginning with the date against Truscott at the York Hall, Bethnal Green in London, the very venue of two previous victories in his 15-0, 15 KOs resume.

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Kotey Neequaye beats Sanchez to improve to 20-0

Samuel Kotey Neequaye winsGhanaian world championship hopeful, Samuel Kotey Neequaye improved his burgeoning career record to 20 wins in as many fights and an impressive 15 knockouts to boot after adding Guillermo Sanchez to his list of conquests on Friday night.

In perhaps the toughest fight of his career thus far, 29 year old Neequaye edged the strong challenge of Sanchez in their Lightweight clash at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York via a unanimous points’ decision victory.

Refereed by Paul Brown, Judge Tom Schreck scored it 76-75, Don Trella also scored it 76-75 whilst judge number three, Don Ackerman had his scorecard 77-74, all in favour of the hard hitting Samuel Kotey Neequaye despite suffering a knockdown in the second round.

“He stepped on my feet because he is a southpaw and threw a straight right which I thought the ref will not count. But rather I took the count and it made me more aggressive when I woke up. You know it comes with the territory where the strong survives,” Neequaye explained to the Ghana based website www.sportsinghana.com from his US base.

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We’ll make Fred Lawson world champ – Alhaji Enusah

Frederick-Lawson-and-his-manager-Enusa-SallyGhanaian boxing enthusiast, manager and promoter, Alhaji Sally Enusah is convinced hot prospect, Frederick Lawson is primed to be a world boxing champion in the not-too-distant future and is promising to spearhead the bid with all the support necessary for the unbeaten boxer to realize the dream.

The hard-hitting Lawson has written the headlines with his spectacular dismissal of opponents in all of his 20 professional fights thus far, not least last March 22’s 3rd round technical knockout stoppage of compatriot Isaac Sowah to claim the IBF Africa Welterweight belt. In all, Lawson has claimed 19 knockouts in his 20 career fights.

The performances of 22 year old Lawson, fondly nicknamed Okumka by his fans has even inspired fear in potential opponents. A purported defence of the IBF Africa title against Burkina Faso’s Patrick Sou Toke on Africa Day, May 25 fell through after the Burkinabe pulled out at the last minute.

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Kotey Neequaye vows to beat Sanchez in New York June 7

Samuel-Kotey-NeequayeUS based Ghanaian fighter, Samuel Kotey Neequaye takes another step towards championship glory when he faces Guillermo Sanchez in a Welterweight contest scheduled for 10 rounds on June 7 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York.

Undefeated Neequaye (19-0, 15 KOs) has pledged nothing but victory over American of Puerto Rico descent, Sanchez (13-8, 5 KOs) as he bids for recognition and cracks at title fights in his quest to follow in the footsteps of his childhood heroes, Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey to become world boxing champion.

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Pontillas gets Filipino support in Accra

Pontillas get Filipino welcome in AccraFilipino boxer, Ronald Pontillas has arrived in the Ghana capital ahead of Friday night’s boxing cracker at the Accra Sports Stadium vowing to stop local favourite, Emmanuel Tagoe in their clash for the WBA International and WBO Africa Junior Lightweight titles in the headliner of BabyJet Promotions’ second ever bill.

And the 23 year old Pontillas who will face an opponent from Africa for the first time ever, has been buoyed by the huge patronage he has received on arrival from the Filipino community in Ghana who were at the Kotoko International Airport to welcome him and have pledged to be at the national stadium in their numbers to cheer the boxer unto victory.

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