Gyan's boxer speaks after DNA test proves he didn't father teenager

BY: Kweku Zurek
Asamoah Gyan's boxer Emmanuel Tagoe
Asamoah Gyan's boxer Emmanuel Tagoe

Ghanaian boxer Emmanuel Tagoe is still coming to terms with the shocking discovery that a boy he fathered for 14 years is not his biological son.

The boxer in an exclusive interview with Rainbow Radio said he was grateful to God for freeing him from the torment he suffered from the boy's mother over the years.

He said he was already over the shocking discovery adding that God will surely reward the boy's mother for her deception

Tagoe, 29, said he had a fling with the boy's mother (Ms Diana Otoo) as a teenager and could not recall the incident which led to her getting pregnant.

The former world champion said he had no option when his (Tagoe's) mother claimed responsibility years ago when a pregnant Diana came to his house.

He revealed that for years his mother took care of the boy till she passed away leaving him with the responsibility. He said although he was sure he was not the father of the boy, he regularly sends his uncle to deliver a stipend of GHC 500 a month for the lad's upkeep.

According to him, Diana was still not content because she thought as a signee of Asamoah Gyan's Baby Jet promotions he was swimming in money.

Emmanuel Tagoe

The boxer says the straw that broke the camel's back was when he was dragged to the Accra Circuit Court for child neglect after he declined a request to enrol the child into the same school that footballer Asamoah Gyan's kids attend.

He said he subsequently explained to his lawyers that Diana was becoming a drain on his resources because she was claiming all the monies he made from his fights.

Tagoe said his legal advisers petitioned the court for a DNA test to be undertaken and that was granted.

He said on the day, the parties were due in court for the results of the DNA test, Diana failed to show up but when she was later summoned this past Monday the test showed that there was a 0% chance he was the father of the child.

Tagoe claimed that the court asked him if he wants damages for catering for the boy for 14 years but he declined because he did not need the money which he considers a gift to the child.

Tagoe (28-1, 14 KOs) will hope to have put the developments behind him when he returns to the ring on October 20 to face Namibian brawler Paulus Moses (40-4, 24 KOs) for the WBO Africa lightweight title.