World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa super bantamweight champion, Isaac Sackey, says he cannot wait to make his first defence after reclaiming his crown last November.
Sackey defeated Kenya’s Michael Nyawade to win the continental crown for the second time and expects to make a return to the ring when sporting competitions bounce back after the coronavirus pandemic has been dealt with.
The 26-year-old Ghanaian reclaimed his continental crown with a unanimous decision victory over Nyawade having lost it to Wasiru Mohammed in October 2018 under controversial circumstances.
Four months after his last fight, Sackey told the Daily Graphic that he was hopeful of making a successful title defence to boost his chances of getting a world title shot.
“I cannot wait to make a return with a title defence, when the coronavirus pandemic is under control because I need to be competitive.
“I am hopeful of making a successful defence at the right time when everything is sorted so that I can boost my chances at challenging for a world title,” he said.
Sackey has been training to keep in shape in spite of a ban by the government on all social gatherings, including sporting events, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On October 13, 2018 Sackey lost the WBO Africa title after he was stopped by Mohammed at the Bukom Boxing Arena.
Subsequently his camp protested the result and petitioned the WBO over the referee conduct of referee Adorn Bertin who stopped the bout after Sackey suffered a knockdown but claimed he was ready to continue with the fight.
However, the WBO ruled in favour of Mohammed as the winner but called for both camps to agree to a rematch, which failed to materialise due to disagreements during the negotiation.
Sackey, however, reclaimed the vacant title last November following Mohammed’s decision to relinquish after defeating Loren Japhet to win the WBO Global super bantamweight crown.