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Half-baked managers bane of boxing — Bombers coach

BY: Bernard Neequaye
Black Bombers’ coach, Ofori Asare
Black Bombers’ coach, Ofori Asare

Black Bombers’ coach, Ofori Asare, has blamed the dwindling fortunes of professional boxers in the country on half-baked managers.

Coach Asare explained that boxers needed people who would sacrifice for them to achieve greater heights in their careers but he thought current managers were not ready to take up such risk.

This, he said, had led to the decline of the sport in the country, with the current crop of boxers yet to win a world title in seven years.

Many people have blamed government for neglecting a sport that brought much honour to the nation in the past with the likes of Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, David Kotei Poison, Nana Yaw Konadu, and Alfred Kotey, among others, all winning world titles at different times.But Coach Asare said in an interview with the Graphic Sports that managers of our current boxers had failed to invest much into their boxers making them stale.

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But Coach Asare said in an interview with the Graphic Sports that managers of our current boxers had failed to invest much into their boxers making them stale."We don't really have good managers taking control of boxers like it use to be when the likes of Ike Quartey and Azumah Nelson were in their prime," Coach Asare said.

"We don't really have good managers taking control of boxers like it use to be when the likes of Ike Quartey and Azumah Nelson were in their prime," Coach Asare said.

"Most of the managers of our boxers nowadays are half-baked and they are not sacrificing to get their athletes to greater heights," he added.

Using legendary boxers such as Azumah and Quartey as examples, he said the likes of Amarkai Amarteifio and Yoofi Boham, among others, were ready to sacrifice to get them to the top unlike the situation now.He noted that a lot of things go into grooming a boxer to attain greater heights and international recognition and not just training and preparation for a bout.

He noted that a lot of things go into grooming a boxer to attain greater heights and international recognition and not just training and preparation for a bout.