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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.

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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.

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.