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Boxing News Thu, 22 Apr 2010

Ex-ABU Champion dies

Accra, April 20, GNA - Eric Boone, former African Boxing Union (ABU) Featherweight Champion is reported dead.

Boone (Ring-name), 51, known privately as Eric Kwasi Kwawutse, died at the Ho Municipal Hospital in March, after a short illness.

He was a member of the Ghanaian boxing contingent at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal Canada, which did not participate in the games, due to an African boycott.

After a one year training programme in Austria and Germany, under the sponsorship of Mr Walter Esposito, a sports philanthropist, he returned to Ghana and represented the country at the All Games in Algeria before joining the paid ranks.

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Most of his initial professional fights were in Nigeria, where he won the West African Featherweight crown and later defeated Steve Macloud of Zimbabwe to win the ABU title.

A family spokesman told the Ghana News Agency that Boone, who was married with six children, will be buried at Ho on April 24.

Source: GNA
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