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Game Boy clinches IBO title

BY: Kwame Larweh
 Game Boy displays his belts while the Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuye (left), and referee Roger Barnor (right) look on
Game Boy displays his belts while the Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuye (left), and referee Roger Barnor (right) look on

Boxing showman Emmanuel Gameboy Tagoe has become the first Ghanaian to win an International Boxing Organisation (IBO) lightweight title after securing a unanimous points victory over Mzonke Fana of South Africa in a bout staged at the Bukom Arena in Accra last Friday.

Tagoe, 29, who  dominated the fight earned 120-106 and 120-107 on the scorecards of the two South African judges, Allen Matakan and Terrance Makolupa respectively, with Ghana’s  Ataa Eddie Pappoe scoring it 120-106 in favour of his campatriot.

Fana, 43, who has a record of 49 bouts with 11 losses, collapsed soon after the bout and it took the efforts of the medical men to revive him.

Tagoe dropped his opponent twice in the first round in the one-sided showdown.

Before a packed crowd, including Nii Lante Vanderpuye, the Minister of  Youth and Sports, Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) boss, Peter Zwennes,  his manager, Asamoah Gyan, Gameboy took charge of affairs from round two and never relented until the final bell.

The Bukom native whose record now stands at 27 wins and one loss,  landed punches  on the unguarded face of the veteran brawler.

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Fana kept chasing the Ghanaian's shadows and anytime he drew closer the slippery Tagoe jabbed his way through.

Tagoe after the bout declared his intentions to go for a unification bout.

He thanked his promoters, BabyJet Promotions, owned by the Black Stars Skipper Asamoah Gyan, for helping to develop his potential in boxing.