Young boxer, Emmanuel Tagoe, replicated the form of his trainer and Ghana’s only boxing professor, Azumah Nelson, when he became the new WBA International Lightweight Champion, after recording a majority decision point against George Ashie at Accra Sports Stadium last Saturday night.
But Tagoe’s feat was nearly aborted on the eve of the fight when the management of GoldenMike Promotion stormed the weigh-in to stop the winner from fighting for a breach a promotional contract.
Indeed, GoldenMike was reported to have sought a court injunction on Baby Jet’s first promotional fight but it was not granted.
The fully-packed arena including local celebrities as well as the promoter, Asamoah Gyan, roar with a deafening noise after Tagoe, 22, protégé of legendary Azumah Nelson, was decorated with his crown.
Two of the judges scored the fight 116-112, 115-113 for Tagoe while a third recored it 114-114 to declare Tagoe winner with a majority point decision.
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The celebration for Game Boy’s, victory, as the winner is affectionately called travelled into yesterday afternoon as fans of the sudden hero were scene in James Town, drumming and dancing.
Ashie, tipped to win the bout following his ring craftiness and frame exhibited some excellent prowess but froze when it mattered most to give the day to Tagoe.
Tagoe, who came into the ring in a palanquin, donning a full royal regalia was on back foot most of the time but landed accurate punches the few times he attacked.
Ashie, piled on the pressure from start following with some great body shots, jabs and punches but most of them were slaps.
Indeed, without a technical eye one could easily say Ashie carried the day but his inability to land the right punches cost him the night. He was aggressive yet he was unable to neutralise the tactics of the Game Boy who combined beautifully when it mattered most.
Tagoe’s stunts and theatrics confused his opponent who lacked creativity on the night. And in the final round of the fight, it became even more interesting as Tagoe surged forward to grab the needed points.
In the other fights Isaac Owusu recorded a technical knockout over Kamarudeen Boyefio in their the SuperBantamweight bout while Abraham Osei Bonsu defeated Michal Pappoe by a unanimous point decision in their six round featherweight contest.
In a 12 round National and West Africa Boxing Union (WABU) bout between Emmanuel Quartey and Raymond Commey saw Commey winning by a technical knockout to retain his title.
Story: Kwame Larweh