INTERNATIONAL BOXING FEDERATION AFRICA (IBF/AFRICA) – TUESDAY 9 JULY, 2013, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – Ghana home, to Azumah Nelson and Namibia home to Harry Simon have proved beyond doubt that they are the boxing powerhouse on the rise. The two countries are home to several IBF continental, International and Intercontinental champions in their own rights who may soon emerged as the champions of the world.
Emulating her best loved sons Poison Kotey and Azumah Nelson, Ghana’s boxing fraternity has come a long way. The success is owed to a mixture of both public and private initiatives. Ghanaian’s IBF wave started in the 2008 when boxer Issac Nettey became the “IBF Continental Bantamweight Champion” after defeating his countryman Galley Cudjoe in an impressive 12 rounder boxing duel.
In 2011 and with its eyes glued on the bigger crowns, GoldenMike Boxing Promotion put in motion two IBF Intercontinental titles in Featherweight and Lightweight. Emmanuel Tagoe became the IBF Intercontinental Featherweight Champion while Joshua Okine captured the IBF Intercontinental Lightweight title respectively.
This was then followed by couple of impressive titles ignited by Richard Commey under the UK based Michael Amoo-Bediako when he became the “IBF Continental Africa Lightweight King” in an epic heated duel. Richard Commey is trained by the Ghanaian top trainer Carl Lokko and he is now based in the UK in preparations for the Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC) elimination title.
The Beijing Olympiad Frederick Lawson promoted by Alhaj Enusa Sally and Joseph Awinongya followed by capturing the IBF Continental Africa Welterweight Title in a much heaped duel at the Accra National Sports Stadium in Mach 2013.
The GoldenMike Boxing Promotions followed by staging three IBF titles and bringing the 2008 Olympiad Issa Samir in the ring against the Georgian slugger Robinson Omsarashvili. In the same ring, the IBF world rated Albert Mensah showcased his boxing brilliance after sending packing his countryman and boastful Ben Odametey.
The Ghanaian based Nigerian Prince Helen Joseph became the first African female boxer to capture the “IBF Intercontinental Featherweight title” after winning the shortest boxing tournament in history against the Hungarian beautiful Mariana Gulyas. Helen is trained by Kofi Brackets one of the Ghanaian great trainers.
Ghana is definitely on the rise and is proving to regain her lost glory in boxing. With the forthcoming tournaments, she is proving to be the boxing powerhouse in Africa.
Found in the South West Africa the same name it was christened by its former rulers (South Africa), Namibia is home to Harry Simon arguably one of the world’s middleweights boxing machismos. She is cueing for a great heights as far as boxing is concerned. A member of the Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC) Namibia Boxing and Wrestling Board of Control (NBWBofC) is leaving nothing to chances as it consolidates its prowess in boxing.
The country is home to Gottlieb Ndokosho who became the first ever “IBF Africa, Middle East & Persian Gulf (IBF AMEPG)” Featherweight champion when the titles were invented to expand IBF horizons in 2012. Ndokosho has since defended his title successfully.
The move by Ndokosho who is promoted by Kinda Boxing Promotions to capture the IBF AMEPG prompted a series of other IBF titles in that particular country when Albinus Felesianu contested and won the “IBF World Youth Jr. Lightweight Title”. The much higher title was highly celebrated by Namibians from all walks of life.
The Namibian boxing promotional Guru Nestor Tobias of Sunshine Boxing Promotional Academy decided to enter the fray by lining up one of his jewels the Prince Immanuel Naidjala to vie for the IBF International Bantamweight Title in march against the Botswana’s slugger Lesley Sekotswe.
After the tournament was declared a draw, IBF called for a rematch but Sekotwe declined to take a cue as the Kenyan Norfat Emilio replaced him. Naidjala went on to win the title comfortably and made it three golden IBF crowns for Namibia a country which only gained its independence in 1990 against much older countries some of whom gained their independences in the 1950s and 60s!
The recent surge of boxing development in both Ghana and Namibia owes to its partnership between public and the private sector. It is a lesson to be learned by other countries in Africa. The continent is home to the world’s great boxing talents.
Watch this space for further coverage of other countries in the African continent and their accelerating motions in boxing fraternity as they build up their “Sports Tourism” capacities.