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Boxing News Thu, 2 Jun 2005

Awards Mark Turning Point ? Yahaya

SWAG and Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) best boxer, Osmanu Yahaya, has said that the two awards mark the turning point of his boxing career he is determined to become the next big thing in world boxing in 2006.

?The awards have made me realise that my boxing career has just begun. If I have been able to do it here then I can do it in the world,? he assured.

?By being recognised as the best boxer in the country, my next target is to become the best boxer in the world, and this will drive me there.?

? A prophet is not respected in his home land as it is said, but once I have been recognised I know the world will also recognise me,? he emphasised.

Speaking to the Graphic Sports after receiving the GBA?s 2004 best boxer award at the National Mortein Boxing Awards and Heroes Night sponsored by private entertainment television network, Metro TV, at the Accra International Conference Centre last Monday, Yahaya said the award was an answered prayer for a deserved recognition.

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?I have been praying for sometime now for my efforts to be recognised, and look at me now being the best boxer in the country. I can?t believe it but I have made it, all thanks to God,? he said.

Osmanu said he did not win the award by chance, but by hard work, determination and perseverance. He urged his colleague boxers to be focused and determined because that was the only way they could make the mark.

He commended the GBA for recognising his contributions to the development of boxing in the country, stressing that the awards had gingered him to do more since the whole country is looking up to him now for honours.

Osmanu Yahaya is a super welterweight double Commonwealth champion.

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