Two Managers fight over Quartey

BY: Kwame Larweh
Emmanuel Quartey

Two boxing managers, David Azumah and Michael Akoto, are reportedly at each other’s throats over who has the managerial rights over Bukom-based boxer, Emmanuel Quartey.

The current management of the petite boxer, who is also called Akuffo Addo, has dispelled claims by US-based boxing promoter and manager, Akoto, that he had rights of ownership over the boxer.

Azumah, who is currently managing the 28-year-old pugilist, told the Graphic Sports in an interview yesterday that, Quartey had been his boxer since 2011.

" I have managed Quartey since 2011 and have been the sole manager responsible for his upkeep and that of his family", he stated.

Quartey, who has fought 20 times, with 18 knockouts and two losses, is noted for his agility, stamina and relentless punching power, is also a brawler.

According to Azumah, after paying for the boxer to fight in the final Commonwealth super- bantamweight final eliminator against Isaac Nettey, the Chicago-based promoter is out to reap where he has not sown.

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The raging controversy has appeared to jeopardise the Commonwealth super-bantamweight bout against Gamai Yafai of Britain on December 3.

The Graphic Sports could not reach Mr Akoto for his comments nor the boxer but the US- based manager had already registered the boxer on the international boxing website, Boxrec, and other international boxing bodies.

But Azumah told the Graphic Sports that it was illegal and that the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) was even not aware of it.

Meanwhile, it is believed that Mr Akoto had also signed a contract for Emmanuel Quartey to fight a Mexican opponent called Hanzel Martinez for the vacant WBA International super- bantamweight title on September 30 in Las Vegas without the consent of Azumah and the GBA.