The Accra Mayor, Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah has endorsed the Ghana Boxing Authority’s initiative to bring back the Boxing League and promised to support it with donations of boxing equipment to some selected boxing gyms.
The Mayor who welcomed the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) President Peter Zwennes and Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) Vice President Samad and members of the newly inaugurated National Juvenile Boxing Committee to his new office at Kimbu in the heart of the city has said the Boxing League will change lives in and around the fight venue and gyms.
The GBA President, Peter Zwennes noted that the League is a welcome opportunity for boxers and gyms in the country.
He expressed that the return of the league will see boxers, who hitherto stayed a whole year without bouts following lack of promotions, fighting practically every two weeks to keep them in top shape.
The GBA boss stated that “The boxing league was staged some years ago with considerable level of success, but fizzled out due to financial constraints; thankfully, some benevolent organizations- principally, GNPC our headline sponsors, ADB and the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), have come to our aid to resurrect the league.”
He added “It will be a three-tier segment-juvenile, amateur and professional title fight and it will span a period of 13 months- 26 of these tournaments; twice every month, starting September 28, hopefully at the Bukom Boxing Arena, Accra and it will run through.
“Boxing ranks tops when it comes to laurels; I mean right from the days of D.K. Poison and Azumah Nelson, through Nana Yaw Konadu, Isaac Quartey, Alfred Kotey, Joseph Agbeko, Joshua Clottey, Emmanuel Tagoe and our latest sensation Isaac Dogboe; we have always been putting this country on the world map.
“We expect the authorities to support this event; and so we narrowed it on to the Accra Mayor particularly because of his constituency- in the sense that he presides over Central Accra-Bukom, James Town area where our boxers and champions hail from.
“The league will serve as a form of employment and provide an opportunity for them to advance in life and showcase their talents – the gyms will have more work for them.”
The GBA President appealed to the government to support Richard Commey’s managers to bid for his world title fight in Ghana.
The Boxing League is coming with other attractions like a Fashion Show, Music Extravaganza and Food Court, showcasing Ghana’s best meals like Kenkey, Kelewele, Jollof Rice and others.
Top local musicians will be exposed in this venture with former GBA President Moses Foh Amoaning as the Marketing and Technical Consultant.
Story by Sammy Heywood Okine