I’m ready to bring boxing back to its feet

BY: Kwame Larweh

 The CEO of Joy Dadi Industries, Dr Takyi Manfred, says his outfit is ready to invest in boxing to return the sport back to its glories and as a national past time.

According to him, boxing is an interesting sport and will soon be the number one in Ghana with the support of stakeholders in the game and all and sundry.

 

On the sidelines of a press conference last Thursday at the Best Western Hotel in Accra, to announce the December 26 mega-fight between Michael ‘Ayittey Powers’ Okine and Braimah Kamoko (Bukom Banku) at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Dr Manfred, whose company is sponsoring the bout, told the Graphic Sports he was optimistic about the future of the sport in Ghana.

“Joy Dadi believes that boxing is a good sport in terms of its leverage and how it affects the economy if well harnessed and the two boxers can help lift the sport from the doldrums,” he noted.

“We hope to use the fight to shore up national interest in the discipline and for us at Joy Dadi we are for what inures to the nation’s supreme interest.”

Veteran fighter, Ayittey Powers, has vowed not to lose twice to his dreaded foe, Bukom Banku, in their upcoming bout slated for the Garden City on Boxing Day.

Powers, 38, has not lost in three bouts since his defeat to Banku, while his undefeated opponent has not fought any serious opponent since his victory over Powers.

This time, however, Powers has revenge on his mind and has  vowed not to allow himself to be beaten twice. “I have vergence on my mind,” he said.

Dubbed “Repeat or Revenge”, Bukom Banku will seek to repeat the feat he chalked up in May last year when he pummelled Powers in a unanimous points victory at the Accra Stadium.