I want to change face of amateur boxing - Williams

BY: Kwame Larweh
Abdul Rashid Williams
Abdul Rashid Williams

Veteran boxing trainer and match-maker Abdul Rashid Williams has promised to change the face of amateur boxing if elected as the first vice-president of the Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) in the upcoming elections on December 18 at the Media Centre of the Accra Stadium.

 “I will develop amateur boxing and ensure the presence of the sport in all the regions, not only in the Greater Accra alone as it currently is,” he told the Graphic Sports in an exclusive interview in Accra last Tuesday.

Coach Believer, as Williams is popularly called in boxing circles, said he had been in the discipline for over three-and-a-half decades and that had made him realise the burgeoning talents across the country who lacked the capacity to develop them into world champions.

“Talents abound in every region but the needed resources to groom and harness them is lacking and this is where I will liaise with corporate bodies and foreign entities to make these talents very useful,” he noted.

He promised to provide amateur boxers with stipends whenever they competed in an event in and outside the country and create regular competitions for amateur boxers that would generate revenue for the boxers.

“I will ensure that the amateur boxers get attracted to promoters by streamlining these talents and exposing them to promoters to invest in them,” he said.

Coach Believer, who stopped short of contesting for the GBF presidency because he is not an administrator, gave an assurance that he would work together with the president to help equip boxers and also support trainers to acquire AIBA certification.

 “I would work together with the incoming president to ensure that our referees and judges acquire the requisite certification to be at ringside while supporting them to improve on their expertise abroad,” he noted.

Mr Williams added that, if elected, he would seek the support of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) to employ young amateur talents and put them on a salary scale.