6th July, 2012
Director of Communications of Ghana Boxing Authority, GBA, Michael Tetteh, has hailed Nigerian professioal boxers who are plying their trades in Ghana, saying a few of them have won titles in the neighbouring West African country.
Tetteh, who paid a visit to the corporate headquarters of P.M.News at Agidingbi, Ikeja, told Boxing In Focus that the influx of Nigerian boxers to Ghana have made professional boxing more competitive in that country.
“There are a great number of Nigerian boxers who are plying their trades in Ghana at the moment. Many of them consider Ghana as their second home because they feel that the enviroment is conducive in furtherance of their careers,” said Tetteh.
He said: “For instance, Yakubu Kareem won his Commonwealth Super Flyweight title in Ghana by beating Cobinah Johnson. It is the achievement of Yabuku and the others in Ghana that is making more Nigerian boxers to come to try their luck.”
However, Tetteh lamented the poor state of the sport on the continent, adding that lack of adequate support is killing the sport.
“The problem that Nigerian boxers are facing in Ghana is not peculiar to them but common to African boxers in general. They need to be supported by their governments and corporate organisations in their countries.
“It is time we got it right and also realise that football is not the only sport that needs their support. The corporate bodies can also use other sports to advertise their products by promoting professional boxing bouts,” concluded Tetteh.