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Saturday’s ‘Ghana for peace’ boxing show - I’ll stop Banku – Tanzanian opponent

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Tanzanian boxer Pascal Ndomba arrived in Accra Wednesday and declared that “I am the one to stop Bukom Banku” three days before their cruiserweight championship fight at the Lebanon House in Accra.

“He was once knocked down, but I am the one to stop; he can’t escape,” Ndomba said as officials of GoldenMike Promotions welcomed him at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra yesterday.

Saturday’s fight – which has the World Boxing Orgnisation (WBO) Africa cruiserweight title at stake – will bring Banku, aka Braimah Kamoko, under the management of Golden Concepts once again after their near fall-out earlier in the year.

But the undefeated Banku could well be the toughest fight yet for the Tanzanian who has won 12 of his 18 fights, having suffered four defeats so far.

“It doesn’t matter if he is undefeated; what I know is that I have prepared so well to take care of him in the ring.

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“He will have no place to hide because the ring will be too small for him on Saturday,” Ndomba said.

He was full of smiles as he made his way through protocol at the airport, and when he met the welcoming party he signaled his preparedness for the fight by flexing muscles, showing the curves that have formed out of years of hard work in the gym.

It was clear then that Banku must brace for another tough test following that narrow escape from Hamza Wandera on February 25 this year. On that day, the Ghanaian suffered a first round knock down before stopping his opponent in three rounds at the Accra International Conference Centre.

On the same bill dubbed “Ghana for peace”, Ghana’s Bastie Samir will fight Nigeria’s Sunday ‘King Hammer’ Iyere in a super-middleweight contest, while Frederick Lawson of Ghana fights Miguel Barrionuevo of Argentina for the vacant WBO Youth and WBO International welterweight titles.