The Managing Director of Streetwise Management, Michael Amoo-Bediako, has announced lightweight fighter, Richard Commey, as the Global Ambassador of the Streetwise Foundation, a program endowing equipment to needy boxing gyms in Ghana.
According to him, the Foundation will provide boxers with the necessary tools such as boxing gloves, wraps, boots and bags to ply their craft.
Amoo-Bediako said being around Commey and the Bronx Boxing Gym at Bukom enlightened him on the need to help the children and budding boxers in the area to attain opportunities that he capitalized on.
Speaking to boxingafrica.com after the launch, Amoo-Bediako, a British-born of Ghanaian descent, believes it was time for him to give back to the Ghanaian society where he spent a good part of his school days.
“Although I was born in the UK, both of my parents are from Ghana and I spent a good part of my schooling there and I am happy to help in my small way. So Ghana is dear to my heart and I’m extremely proud of my Ghanaian heritage.
“This has not been lost on Richard. We often speak about what he wants to do following his boxing career. Helping the community where he grew up is a top priority for him," he noted.
The heritage includes a rich history in boxing which has witnessed the country produced many elite fighters, including world champions Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey, Joseph Agbeko, Nana Yaw Konadu, David Kotei and, of course, International Boxing Hall of Famer Azumah Nelson.
Commey, who has been with Streetwise Management through his amateur days through to a world title shot in September 2016, was honoured to be chosen as the Global Ambassador of the Streetwise Foundation.
“It’s an honor to be chosen as the Global Ambassador for this fantastic foundation,” Commey said. My manager, Michael Amoo-Bediako, has worked tirelessly to help fulfil my dreams of competing at the highest level and becoming a world champion. To be able to give back so that others may have the same opportunity is a blessing. I will carry out my role to the best of my abilities with dignity and pride," he said.