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Commonwealth Games: Joseph Commey wins Ghana's first medal in boxing

BY: Bernard Neequaye, BIRMINGHAM, Courtesy: Interplast, GCB Bank, Stanbic Bank, Verna, HD+
Joseph Commey (right) was too strong for his opponent
Joseph Commey (right) was too strong for his opponent

Featherweight Joseph Commey has won Team Ghana’s maiden medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games after earning a unanimous 5-0 win over Alex Mukuka of New Zealand at the NEC Hall in Birmingham on Wednesday.

Commey’s convincing win over Mukuka did not only keep his gold medal target on course but rather secured Team Ghana at least a bronze at the ongoing games.

In an interview with the Graphic Online, Commey said he was keen on chasing a gold medal to improve on Ghana’s bronze medal feat in the last edition in Gold Coast, Australia.

The 18-year-old fighter praised his trainer for guiding him to achieve a medal at his first international competition for Ghana.

“This is what we have been fighting for since we opened training camp back in Ghana and I’m glad we have been secured a medal.

“But it doesn’t stop us from chasing the gold that we came for. I have to go back to my trainer so we can work harder to secure our target,” Commey said.

Commey has proved to be one of Team Ghana’s brightest hopes at the ongoing games having dominated all his three bouts en route to a semi-final berth.

Reacting to Commey’s victory, trainer of the Black Bombers, Kwasi Ofori Asare said he was confident of securing at least three medals for Ghana in boxing at the end of the games.

“Commey has paved the way for the other fighters to follow and I am very happy that we have at least secured a medal in boxing for now.

“But we are looking forward to winning at least two more medals to make it three for Team Ghana.”