Gyatabi set for farewell bout

Author: Kwame Larweh
Wasiru Gyatabi Mohammed

Undefeated World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa super bantamweight champion Wasiru Mohammed is bracing for what he says will be his farewell bout in the country next month before he relocates to the United States to continue with his burgeoning career.

The man known in local boxing circles as Gyatabi (lion’s cub) is billed to fight Raymond ‘Chorkor Banku’ Commey in a non-title contest at the Kotobabi Wembley Arena on March 2.

His opponent Commey is a familiar foe after he suffered a knockout loss to the WBO Africa champion at the Bukom Boxing Arena last July in a non-title fight.

After the low-key bout, Gyatabi (10-0-0) is expected to depart Ghana for the USA where he would engage in some warm-up fights ahead of a prospective inter-continental title bout against a yet-to-be determined opponent, his managers have disclosed.

According to the boxer’s co-manager, Ellis Quashigah, Gyatabi’s sojourn of the United States would help him announce himself to the American market and also build his profile until he gets a world title shot.

Gyatabi shot to fame when he defeated Isaac Sackey with a third round technical knockout (TKO) in a controversial fight last October. The title fight ended abruptly after an invasion of the ring by Sackey’s cornermen and supporters in protest at what they perceived to robbery by the referee, Adorn Bertin of Benin.

Subsequently, the WBO reviewed the bout and decided to award the title to Gyatabi, but Sackey’s camp later petitioned the world sanctioning body to declare the fight as a “no contest”.

The boxer says he expects his farewell fight to end with aplomb with another knockout against Commey.

“A lion is always hungry. I am always ready and available to fight anyone and beat anyone who challenges me,” he told the Graphic Sports.

“As a farewell bout, I will give fans who come to the Kotobabi Wembley Park a value for their money.”