Gyatabi Mohammed, Sackey’s managers trade words

Author: Kwame Laweh
Isaac Sackey (left) beat Raymond Commey (right) in a recent bout at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra for the WBO Africa Super-bantamweight title

THERE is a growing war-of-words between two managers, John Manfo and Bernie Johnson as their boxers, prepare to clash in the ring on October 13.

World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Super-bantamweight challenger, Wasiru ‘Gyatabi’ Mohammed is set to clash with title holder, Isaac Sackey at the Bukom Boxing Arena and their managers are at each’s other’s throat over who was the better fight and thus likely to win the grudge fight.

 Undefeated Sackey, who has won all 22 of his professional bouts, will defend his WBO Africa Super-bantamweight title against Wasiru Gyatabi Mohammed in a contentious bout dubbed ‘Battle of the Undefeated’.

Sackey’s manager, Johnson in several interviews insists that his charge would destroy Gyatabi and added literally that Gyatabi would knock himself out, because he would not be able to stand the flurry of blows from the champion.

 However, Manfo, co-partner of E&J Promotional entity, the outfit promoting the bout, has retorted  back, saying that the 22-year-old boxer who is undefeated in his eleven professional bouts including nine knockouts, knows exactly who he would be fighting and insists his charge, who trains with the FitSquare Gym in Accra under the tutelage of coach Lartekwei Lartey, will beat Sackey to win the Africa title.

“Mr Johnson is talking as if he is going to mount the ring against Gyatabi. We know exactly who will be in the ring and the kind of boxer he is. I think Gyatabi knows what he will do to win.

 “His comments does not make sense. How can a professional trained boxer knock-himself out?  The reality is that Wasiru’s blows will be aimed at Sackey and no matter what, victory has already been handed by the Lord,” he told the Graphic Sports Online in an interview in Accra on Sunday.

The bout has become much personal and heated after supporters of both boxers bickered around town over the prowess of their fighters and near fisticuffs on the streets by some fans.