Ahmed out to dethrone -Coach Asare says of their WBO title challenge

BY: Kwame Larweh
Habib Ahmed — A date with destiny
Habib Ahmed — A date with destiny

Ofori Asare, the trainer of super-middleweight world title hopeful Habib Ahmed says, his charge is determined to cause an upset and claim the World Boxing Authoirty (WBO) Super Middleweight world title from holder, Mexican Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez when they square off in the ring in Corpus Christie, Texas, USA tomorrow.

According to Coach Asare, Ahmed who has won all 25 fights he has been involved in, is undaunted by what the champion brings to the ring as he is keen to be crowned world champion for the first time.

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Ahmed, 27, will meet the younger Sanchez, 26, whose record stands at 36 bouts, all wins, and who defeated American hard-hitter Jesse Hart for the WBO super-middleweight title in September last year.

Speaking to the Graphic Sports from their Texas base, Asare said: “We are here to win. We are not dreaming about it, but have also worked towards realising that dream.”

According to him, the boxer’s training regimen since arriving in the United States has been very impressive, his calculated jabs, focus on the speed balls, hitting mitts and punching bags are all perfect and he has also adapted to the weather, Coach Asare noted.

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“We are working very hard and entering the ring well prepared. We are going to go all out but also very careful. Champions die hard so we know Sanchez will be tough, but we will find his weak point and exploit it,” he stated.

The bout has generated much interest in the Bukom and James Town communities where the boxer trains, with information available to this paper suggesting that the Ghanaian community in Texas will attend the bout to throw their weight behind Ahmed.

According to Ahmed’s manager, Anthony Kermah, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Landmark Promotions, his boxer would cause an upset just as his retired compatriot, Nana Yaw Konadu did almost three decades ago in Mexico against Gilberto Roman.

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Mr Kermah expressed his gratitude to Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions for showing faith in the Ghanaian boxer and offering him an opportunity which would be streamed live on ESPN and other major US networks.