Quaye makes history. First to win title at new Bukom Boxing Arena

BY: Kweku Zurek
  Sheriff Quaye (middle) celebrating his win with his handlers. Picture: BENEDICT OBUOBI
Sheriff Quaye (middle) celebrating his win with his handlers. Picture: BENEDICT OBUOBI

Blonde-haired boxer Sheriff Quaye, grabbed a slice of Ghanaian boxing history when he became the first boxer to win a title at the newly constructed Trust Sports Emporium at Bukom in Accra.

Quaye last Tuesday night edged Benjamin Lamptey by split-decision to win the vacant national lightweight belt after 12 drab and boring rounds that were witnessed by President John Dramani Mahama.

The two fighters failed to excite the 4000-capacity crowd that thronged the venue although the lanky Lamptey managed to secure a knockdown in the sixth round.

The knockdown forced Quaye to become the aggressor as he began to dominate the exchanges while spectators began petering through the exit of the arena.

Judge Erasmus Owoo scored the close contest 116-112, Michael Neequaye saw it 113-115 and May Mensah Akakpo had it 113-117 all in favour of Quaye.

Quaye improved his fight record to 10 wins, with six kayoes and a draw. He also had the honour of receiving his title from President Mahama.

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The undercards non-title bouts saw, Success Tetteh edge  Emmanuel Allotey (78-76, 77-77, 77-77) to win their eight-round super bantamweight contest, while Felix Ajom recorded a unanimous points win (79-70, 77-72, 79-70) over Victor Ray Ankrah in their scheduled lightweight battle.

Felix William recorded a fourth round stoppage over Enoch Lamptey in a featherweight clash, Prince "Octopus" Dzanie also scored a fourth round technical knockout victory over Daniel Quartey  and Daniel Lartey defeated Daniel Adoku via a unanimous points decision (75-78, 73-79, 75-78) to win their super-welterweight encounter.