Duke Micah retains Africa title

BY: Kwame Larweh
 Duke Micah looks ahead after his victory against Yakubu Kareem
Duke Micah looks ahead after his victory against Yakubu Kareem

Strongman Duke Micah last Saturday retained his WBO Africa  bantamweight title when he secured a technical knockout decision against Nigerian Yakubu Kareem at the D.G. Hathiramani Sports Hall of the Accra Stadium.

The 24-year-old, who remains  unbeaten in his 18 fights, dominated his opponent throughout the entire bout, forcing Kareem to retire in the ninth round.

The Nigeria- born boxer offered little resistance to the flurry of punches delivered by the Ghanaian boxer who suffered  injuries on his chin and had  a swollen eye at the end of the bout.

Earlier in the third round, the Nigerian was floored by the Bukom-based pugilist after a right hook caught  him in the face and plunged him onto the canvas.

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Kareem, who has fought 19 times, including four losses and a draw came out of his slumber strongly in the seventh.

The fight, dubbed “ The Return of Duke Micah” under the promotional label of Streetwise Management, had some interesting undercards particularly in the super featherweight contest where Felix Ajom made minced meat of Enoch Lamptey with  a TKO  in the second round of their bout.

The story  was no different in the lightweight contest between Isaac Dorquo and Joker Nabiru as the former recorded technical knockout (TKO) decision in round three.

James Town boy  Isaac Aryee recorded a unanimous victory over Benjamin Ankrah in their national welterweight contest just as Kpakpo Allotey  was victorious over Abdul Aziz Quartey in their final elimination to the national  super lightweight title bout.