Feature: Frederick Lawson, Duke Micah careers on the rocks?

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Frederick Lawson

It has been sad to witness Ghana's promising boxers, Frederick Lawson and Duke Micah fade out despite having successful outings at the beginning of their careers and being rated as favourites to land world titles in the future.

The recent turn of events had led to Lawson and Micah finding it difficult to be ranked among the top in their divisions having posed threats in their weight classes over the years.

Lawson, 29, had long been tipped to challenge for a welterweight world champion but that dream is yet to be accomplished while Micah, a bantamweight contender, is yet to fight for the first time in ten months.

With prospects of conquering the world at certain stages of their careers, Lawson and Micah have suffered to achieve their aim of becoming world champions despite relocating to the United States of America to improve upon their careers.

Lawson struggles

Having been inactive for nine months, Lawson lost a fourth round knockout to Venezuelan journeyman Juan Ruiz in a contest last month during his return to the ring.

It was an amazing loss to the Ghanaian considering where the 29-year-old was coming from and the fact that he was making his debut Top Rank card after signing a five-year-contract with the promotional outfit.

This was a very bad news for Team Lawson especially when he was prepared to use the fight as a career revival towards landing a world title shot next year.

It is not to say that Ruiz (22-4, 14 KOs) wasn't a credible opponent against Lawson (27-2, 21 KOs) but a world title hopeful in the Ghanaian shouldn't be losing to opponents who had just a victory in five bouts against non-credible foes in the build up to their slugfest.

Is it to say that Lawson lost a priceless bout to Ruiz due to poor preparation or needs a change in technical direction if he is to realize his dream of becoming a world champion.

The former reason could be excused especially when Lawson had told the Graphic Sports in the build up to his loss to Ruiz that he as had the best of training camp.

But a change in technical direction could be needed and prove vital as he needs to assess his performance and take drastic measures if the need be just as every ambitious boxer does after an unexpected defeat.

He could take cue from Richard Commey who parted ways with longtime trainer, Carl Lokko, after losing out to Robert Easter in 2016 in a bid to improve his technical department.

The move however paid off when he earned a second round stoppage victory over Isa Chaniev three years later with experienced American trainer Andre Rozier.

With age not on his side, Lawson, 29, must act faster to get back on track by backing his promise of coming back stronger with works if he is to stand a chance of winning a world title.

Micah's inactivity

The hard-hitting bantamweight pugilist is yet to fight in eight months since he successfully defended his WBC International bantamweight crown against Thomas Snow last June.

Micah, who is undefeated in 22 fights, was expected to be fighting for the world title this year having been ranked second by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) but his hopes were dashed for what the sanctioning bodies deem inactivity.

It is however unclear when next the Ghanaian would be making his next outing in the ring but the WBO rankings last month dropped the Ghanaian from his second place to ninth for failing to fight.

The 27-year-old Ghanaian's career is at a standstill and the earlier he finds an opponent to fight the better for his chances of challenging for a world championship sooner than later.

Here, his promoters must work tirelessly to secure him fights since that was the only way to remain active and relevant in his type of sport.

It will be detrimental to his career should he continue to remain on the sidelines for long since the WBC could strip him off his title and that could end his dreams and aspirations as a boxer.