President John Dramani Mahama has charged World Boxing Association (WBA) International lightweight title holder, Emmanuel "Gameboy" Tagoe, to end Ghana's five-year wait for a world title with a third round stoppage of Argentine brawler, Fernando David Saucedo.
The two fighter's are scheduled to clash for the vacant International Boxing Organisation (IBO) world lightweight title on November 25 at the Trust Sports Emporium which was inaugurated last night by President Mahama at Bukom in Accra.
Gameboy, in an interview with the ring announcer at yesterday’s inauguration ceremony, revealed that he was inspired by the challenge from President Mahama and he, therefore, promised to end his upcoming bout in the third round to ensure victory on November 25.
He said in the local Ga: dialect "I will win the world title that day at all costs but if the old man (President Mahama) wants me to win in round three who am I to say otherwise."
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President Mahama, who sat at ringside, in an earlier address, praised the rich boxing history of the people of Bukom, expressing his regret at how standards had fallen in recent years because of a lack of quality infrastructure for grooming boxers.
He said the construction of the facility was part of his vision to provide each region of the country with a multi-sport stadium to develop sports.
In his opening address, Mr Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye, Minister of Youth and Sports, expressed appreciation to the President for fulfilling his promise to the people of Bukom.
According to him, all past heads of state have nurtured the dream of constructing a boxing gym in the heart of the capital but their dreams did not materialise, adding that President John Mahama’s visionary leadership was the driving force behind the project.