GBA to protest Commey’s loss

BY: Andy Quao
Richard Commey lost to Robert Easter Jr
Richard Commey lost to Robert Easter Jr

The Ghana Boxing Authority(GBA) is expected to file a protest against the a split points defeat decision handed Ghanaian Richard Commey in last Friday’s IBF lightweight bout against American Robert Easter Junior in Reading, Pennsylvania.

In a close contest in which the Ghanaian dropped the American on the canvass in the eighth round, the GBA whose chairman, Peter Zwenenes, was at the ring side insists their campatriot was given a raw deal.

Alhaji Tawfif, an executive member of the GBA told the Graphic Sports yesterday that the authority was outraged by the decision as it was clear to all, who watched the fight, that Commey on the night was the better boxer.

“All those who watched the fight including the GBA officials were convinced that Commey was the aggressor, who left his opponent with no option than to hold him (Commey) throughout  the fight.

“It was another day of shame for boxing officiating and we of the GBA are obliged to state our position and let the world know that the unanimous decision was a daylight robbery”, he added.

Alhaji Tawfik contended that Commey paid the price for the inability to stage the fight in Ghana.

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“In fact, we had the opportunity to promote the fight in Ghana, but the GBA had no support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

“Had the fight been staged in Ghana the story would have been different”, he argued.

Commey is expected in the country tonight.