Oh, what a distinction a 7 days can make! Better however, oh, what a variance a working day can make!
September 17, 2019, was the day His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, stamped his acceptance on my ebook, GHANA BOXING: Celebration of Our World Champions, at the Jubilee Household, contacting it “a terrific work”.
The President was gracious to expend his precious time with a delegation of Environment Champions, led by myself, during a courtesy call on His Excellency forward of the launch of the historic e book, scheduled two days, later on, at the Bukom Athletics Emporium.
Nana Addo praised the Globe Champions – David Kotei ‘Poison’, Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey and Joseph Agbeko – for elevating the profile of the nation in unique time-zones about the world, in excess of the several years.
The President expressed his keen desire in the activity he practised in his youth and promised to appear into the likelihood of the State’s owing to a economic debt to D. K. Poison.
As a result, Nana Addo billed the Athletics Minister, Isaac Asiamah, to liaise with the Ghana Boxing Authority president, Peter Zwennes, cited by D. K. Poison as his former attorney, in get to set up the necessary paper path to get to the bottom of that case.
Later, the grateful former Entire world Champions took turns to get copies of the book, endorsed by His Excellency and took shots to mark the joyous situation.
That was the foundation on which the ebook start was constructed like a skyscraper, attracting the heights of pugilistic prowess such as former Earth Champions, DK Poison, Azumah Nelson, Nana Yaw Konadu, and a excellent mix of the product of culture that crammed the Meeting Room of the Bukom Sports activities Emporium, Thursday, September 19, 2019.
Prior to that presidential confab, I had the good privilege of web hosting a lunch with D. K. ‘Poison’, and Ghana’s sole member of the International Boxing Corridor of Fame, Samuel Azumah Nelson. W-o-w!
The lunch was not only with these fantastic Entire world Champions. It also incorporated Ike ‘Bazooka’ Quartey, the previous Environment Boxing Association welterweight King whom I experienced served as Publicist in the earlier, and Joseph Agbeko, the previous Intercontinental Boxing Federation bantamweight Champ.
Then, on Thursday, September 19, 2019, on the eve of the 44th anniversary of DK Poison’s conquest of Reuben Olivares, to rule as King of all featherweights in the environment, the historic guide was introduced st the Sports Emporium positioned at Bukom, the hallowed floor of Ghana Boxing!
The greats and mighty of society – and a excellent amount of media people – graced the celebration, enriched by the important existence of the iconic DK Poison, Azumah Nelson, and the Sunyani-Prodigy, the Marvellous A single, Nana Yaw Konadu.
As a foretaste before their arrival, the attendees were taken care of to a screening of clips of the historic showdowns of the Earth Champions, for the duration of which The Barima, The Zoom-Zoom, The Professor Azumah Nelson produced his grand entry to good applause, as a harbinger to the Father of all of Ghana’s Earth Champions.
The distinguished visitors rose to their ft to welcome Ghana’s initially World Champion, David Kotei Poison, in the organization of his grandson, Nasim, led in by myself, to excellent applause, while the screening continued.
Dr Affail Monnie, the president of the Ghana Journalists Affiliation, and Peter Zwennes, the president of the Ghana Boxing Authority, took turns to address the patrons in advance of I took my turn at the podium, while the employed artist for the celebration, did a stay perception of each DK Poison and Azumah Nelson.
Launching into the book, I took pains to identify every single gymnasium, health club-keeper, coach, promoter, manager, matchmaker, each individual fighter who ever put on the gloves and paid tribute to the pioneers of modern-day boxing, such as James Figg, the Father of Fashionable Boxing, and Jack Broughton, the inventor of the boxing glove.
Enjoy Allotey, the initially Ghanaian to ever combat for a Entire world Title in 1963 – he in reality, did battle for both the WBC and WBA titles – reserved his location in the historical past ebook, as properly as his nemesis, Floyd Klutei Robertson, who fought for the Planet Title, also unsuccessfully, in Accra in 1964.
The guide information D. K. Poison’s conquest of Reuben Olivares in 1975 to create his kingdom about all the featherweights in the environment.
Ghanaians responded in ecstasy, jubilating over the amazing feat, massing up at the airport to greet the returning conquering hero.
That was the seed that bore the harvests of 10 Environment Champions, together with Azumah Nelson, Nana Yaw Konadu, Ike Quartey and Alfred Kotei in the Golden Technology spanning 1984 to 1994, to near out the 20th century.
It information Ghana marking planet championship glory in 2007 when Joseph Agbeko took down Luis Alberto Perez to wear the crown as the new IBF bantamweight King.That conquest delivered fodder for Joshua Clottey’s conquest of his additional renowned opponent, Zab Judah, main to recourse to the cards, setting up the Ghanaian “Hitter” as the superb new ruler of the IBF welterweights.
It took a even though, nonetheless Emmanuel Tagoe confirmed he’s bought match when he virtually killed South African Mzonke Fana to get the Global Boxing Corporation lightweight title at the Bukom Arena, in December 2016.
Two many years, later on, Isaac ‘Royal Storm’ Dogboe set the lights out of Mexican Jessie Magdalena in Philadelphia to prise the Environment Boxing Organization super bantamweight title in April 2018.
Compatriot Richard Commey could not be denied his thanks, when, immediately after successive heartbreaking losses to Robert Easter, Jr and Denis Shafikov, he took it out on hapless Russian opponent, Isa Chaniev, whom he stopped in only two rounds of explosive motion in Dallas, in February 2019.
As DK, himself refrains that “I’m very pleased I laid a terrific basis. Now, we have much more Planet Champions immediately after I received, additional than some countries that experienced Globe Champions prior to us”, his conquest of the planet has bolstered the Ga folks as fantastic warriors and proven Ghana as the desired destination of Champions.
That is the legacy of the immortals of the sport in Ghana preserved by the ebook touted by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, a acknowledged orator, as “a fantastic work” focusing on the achievements and perfectly-staying of the adult males of metal who have made use of the four ropes as their bolthole to hone their importance in existence.
Source: Ekow Asmah / 3news.com / Ghana