Kareem Eyes World Title


Nigeria’s Yaqub Kareem is the new Commonwealth Super Flyweight champion after claiming a 7th round TKO over Ghanaian Cobbinah Johnson in Accra last Saturday.

Referee Ben Nunoo Mensah stopped the bout two minutes into round seven of the scheduled twelve rounds on the advice of the ringside doctor, following excessive bleeding by the Ghanaian from a cut suffered in round 3.

Kareem who had called the bluff of home favourite Johnson in the build-up to the fight lived up to his word by opening the cut on his opponent early on which proved decisive in the victory.

“I said this fight will not go beyond round eight and that has happened today (last Saturday). I did not have problem fighting Cobbinah at all because he was not strong enough for me. I thank God and I thank my manager and promoter Anthony Kermah, who is also my godfather,” said Kareem.

The Nigerian who is now virtually domiciled in Ghana, training for more than two months under Jesse Lartey at the Fit Square Gym in Accra added that his wish is to realise a long held dream.

“Now I’m the Commonwealth champion but my dream is to become a true world champion. I look forward to the defence of my title which could be in two months. It is after that I can make a case to fight to be a world champion. I know that I am going to achieve the goal,” said the hitman.

In other fights on the night, Sena Agbeko scored a 2nd round stoppage win over Anyetei Sowah in their Super Middleweight contest while Ben Ansah AKA One Bullet scored a unanimous points decision win over Samuel Turkson.

—Bimbo Ajayi

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