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Ossie dares Banku

BY: Kweku Zurek

Even before Bukom Banku and John Napari step into the ring for their crunch bout on October 3, veteran heavyweight boxer, Lee Manuel Ossie has thrown a challenge to the winner of that bout.

Ossie, however, says he expects Banku to triumph and he will be ready to slug it out with him.

The 46-year-old Ossie (34 wins-six losses-0 draws) nicknamed, Destroyer, last fought in 2011 against Hussein Kpenze at the Prisons Canteen in Accra but claimed his inactivity was because most European boxers were afraid to fight him.

“At my base in Vigo Galicia in Spain, all the boxers at the Isco Gym will tell you, I always train hard and I am very active aside my other duties as a promoter,”  Ossie told the  Graphic Sports in a telephone interview from London.

“My age won’t be a barrier. I was a late bloomer in boxing and only became a professional at the age of 28. I have never smoked nor drank alcohol in my life and besides, l take inspiration from Bernard Hopkins who became a world champion at 49”, he added.

Ossie said he could easily destroy Banku in the ring “on any day and has thrown a similar challenge to the outspoken Ayittey Powers”.

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In a related development, the promoters of the Kamoko-Napari bout, McDon Promotions, have confirmed that they were close to landing a Nigerian light- heavyweight opponent for Ayittey Powers on the undercard of the “No Retreat, No Surrender” bill.