American-born Ghanaian fighter Joseph Awinongya Jnr says taking up a career in boxing has boosted his confidence in the various aspects of his life.
Awinongya Jnr, who is on vacation in Ghana, hailed the immense support he continues to enjoy back home despite arriving in the country for the first time.
At a press briefing last Wednesday, the 14-year-old boxer said he decided to visit Ghana to meet boxing enthusiast Alhaji Inusa Sally, who has supported his young boxing career since choosing the sport at age five.
The youngster donated one of his US national titles to Alhaji Sally to thank him for the support over the years.
“He has been a great support to my career all these years and I decided to come and meet him in Ghana so I can donate this belt to him for all that he has done for my young career.
“Taking up boxing has really helped me in a lot of ways and I can proudly say that it has built up my confidence, which is very good for my upbringing,” Awinongya Jnr noted.
Joseph Awinongya Snr, father and trainer of the youngster, said he was happy with the successes of his son and believed he had a lot to offer in the future.
He thanked Ghanaians for their immense support and said his son was ready to raise the flags of both the US and Ghana high.
“I am glad with his development and I can only say that he has a lot ahead of him to achieve in the future. We are very grateful for all the support and we promise to deliver,” he said.
For his part, Mr Dauda Fuseini, the vice president of the Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF), welcomed Awinongya Jnr’s move to build a base in Ghana and called on him to frequent the country to help amateur boxers.
“We want to say that we are ready to support you from here in any way we can but I want to ask that you visit here often so you can help with our young boxers as well,” said Mr Fuseini.