GBA boss: Gyatabi is a world champion in waiting

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Wasiru 'Gyatabi' Mohammed
Wasiru 'Gyatabi' Mohammed

The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) is looking to World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Global super bantamweight champion, Wasiru Mohammed, to become the nation’s next big thing as he works his way towards a world title shot.

GBA president, Peter Zwennes, a long admirer of the youngster, told the Graphic Sports that he was confident the boxer would land himself a world title in the coming years.

Known in boxing circles as Gyatabi (lion’s cub), Mohammed has been in splendid form after winning the WBO Africa and WBO Global titles in a space of two years and then defending the latter with an impressive knockout win over John Amuzu in January at the Bukom Boxing Arena.

The 24 year old’s performance helped him climb up to seventh on the latest WBO rankings, a position which could secure him a world title shot when boxing resumes after the coronavirus pandemic.

“As it stands now, Wasiru is our surest bet after Richard Commey and Isaac Dogboe [dethroned world champions] to win Ghana another world title and I am confident he would achieve that,” Mr Zwennes said.

“He is hard working and in line to land himself a shot at a world title as soon as possible if not for the coronavirus pandemic,” he added.

Meanwhile, Wasiru has resumed training under the instructions of his trainer, Lartekwei Lartey, at the Fit Square following weeks of dormancy due to the ban by President Nana Akufo-Addo on social gathering and sporting activities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The effects of the global health crisis on world sport could delay a prospective world championship fight for the Ghanaian as the boxing world weighs the future of the sport.

Despite the uncertainty hanging around the return of championship boxing across the world, Coach Lartey remains positive that his boxer would be in good shape when the opening bell is sounded for a return of boxing.

“We are back training and he is working hard to be in good shape ahead of a possible return of boxing in the coming months when everything returns to normalcy,” he said.