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Boxing News Sat, 27 Apr 2002

Tribute to Joe Tetteh

The mortal remains of Joe Tetteh was laid to rest on 26 April 2002 at the Osu cemetery in Accra.

As Ghanaians bid farewell to the one-time Commonwealth lightweight champion they do so in contentment of the good services rendered by him. He greatly influenced the course of boxing in this country.

Joe Tetteh certainly belonged to the rare breed of Ghanaian boxers whose fighting spirit and absolute belief in the African’s capability to make it to the top helped them to tear down barriers of frustration.

Together with the late Floyd Klutei Robertson, and following the footsteps of the late Roy Ankrah and others, they proved that boxing was not a sport for only street-smart boys. They inspired boys from all strata in the Ghanaian society.

The famous Robertson-Tetteh clash in 1964 served as a magic potion that attracted countless youth to boxing. The sport’s popular appeal up to this day owes much to the pioneering work of Joe Tetteh and the other heroes of his era. Although Moses Boryor never fought as a boxer, his involvement in the sport brought immense benefits to the country. In one way or the other, he had a hand in the making of almost all Ghana’s world champions.

We particularly recollect the instrumental role he played in getting Ghana affiliated to the WBA, a development that paved the way for Ike Quartey to win the WBA welterweight title.

We join Ghanaians in mourning the two heroes who have paid their dues to Ghana boxing. As it is said, “when man has done his very best, the angels above can do no more”.

The best tribute we can pay them is to carry on with their good works so that this country recaptures its once-enviable place in world boxing. We hope the plan to build a modern gym at Bukom, the cradle of boxing in Ghana, as promised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, would be vigorously pursued. We also urge that similar facilities be extended to the other regions because enthusiasm among the youth for boxing now is not limited to Accra and the other cities.

The country still abounds with talents who can take over where D. K. Poison, Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey and Nana Yaw Konadu left off and restore Ghana’s pride.

Tribute by Prof Pete

Joe Tetteh was born on December 10, 1941. In his career as a boxer, Joe Won 44 (KOs 25) | Lost 28 | Drawn 6 | Tot 78. Joe had the longest boxing career in the history of Ghana's boxing. Joe Tetteh's first fight was in Accra against Penny Kid on January 5th, 1957. Soon Joe gave up carpentary for the love of boxing. His famous bout was on November 5th, 1963 against the Greatest of all Ghanaian boxers, Floyd Robertson which Joe lost by a TKO 11.

I remember that night the fight turned into Gamashie versus the other Gas. Joe Tetteh was supported by the GaMashie people and Floyd Robertson the national hero was backed by the other Gas and Ghanaians. Joe Tetteh came to the bout with a coffin predicting to get the body of the national hero, Floyd Robertson into the coffin that night. It was the fight of Ghana's Century. Rest in Peace, Ghana's boxing carpenter.

Career Record (Joe Tetteh)

Date Opponent Opp Rec Last 6 Location Result Title)s
1974-04-04 Ken Buchanan 52-2-0 Copenhagen, Denmark L KO 3
1974-02-21 Ali Afakasi 0-1-0 Wellington, New Zealand L PTS 10
1973-12-15 Ould Makloufi 1-2-0 Algiers, Algeria L PTS 15
Vacant All African Lightweight Title

1973-11-27 Des Morrison 4-0-1 London, England L PTS 15
British light-welterweight title
1973-08-04 Norman Sekgapane 27-3-0 Johannesburg, South Africa L TKO 3
1973-07-16 Hector Thompson 39-3-2 Brisbane, Australia L PTS 15 British Commonwealth junior-welter title

1973-03-26 Hector Thompson 38-2-2 Brisbane, Australia L PTS 15 British
Commonwealth junior-welter title
1972-09-21 Joey Santos 0-0-0 Wellington, New Zealand W TKO 10 Vacant Commonwealth Light Welterweight Title 1972-06-16 Hector Thompson 31-2-1 Brisbane, Australia L PTS 10 1971-11-30 Pat McCormack 2-2-0 Bethnal Green, London, England W TKO 5 1971-11-05 Jeff White 4-2-0 Brisbane, Australia W PTS 10 1971-10-04 Leo Young 0-1-0 Melbourne, Australia W PTS 10 1971-09-20 Manny Santos 2-1-0 Melbourne, Australia D PTS 10 1971-05-01 Junior Joseph 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W TKO 4 1971-03-01 Roger Zami 1-1-0 Paris, France L PTS 10 1971-02-13 Angel (Robinson) Garcia 114-49-17 Barcelona, Spain L PTS 10 1970-12-26 Pedro Carrasco 94-1-2 Madrid, Spain L PTS 10 1970-11-21 Pedro Carrasco 94-1-1 Barcelona, Spain D PTS 10 1970-10-26 Baldassari Picone 0-0-0 Paris, France W PTS 10 1970-08-29 Ed Nelson 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W KO 1 1970-05-09 Enzo Petriglia 0-0-0 Rome, Italy D PTS 8 1969-11-23 Lakdar El Harizi 1-1-0 Paris, France W KO 7 1969-02-24 Lex Hunter 1-5-0 Kensington, London, England W TKO 4 1968-11-22 Bruno Arcari 27-1-0 La Spezia, Italy L PTS 10 1968-11-10 Lex Hunter 1-4-0 Kensington, London, England W TKO 6 1968-06-13 Borge Krogh 33-2-2 Copenhagen, Denmark L PTS 8 1968-04-25 Jose Legra 102-6-4 Barcelona, Spain L PTS 10 1968-01-19 Romano Fanali 0-0-0 Rome, Italy L PTS 8 1967-11-07 Liam Clarke 0-1-1 Wembley, London, England L TKO 4 1967-10-18 Liam Clarke 0-1-0 Wolverhampton, England D PTS 8 1967-02-21 Ivan Whiter 0-6-1 Shoreditch, England W TKO 4 1967-01-30 Lex Hunter 0-2-0 Mayfair, London, England L PTS 8 1966-05-02 Mickey Laud 0-1-0 Manchester, England W TKO 3 1966-01-18 Lex Hunter 0-1-0 Brighton, England W TKO 6 1965-11-22 Maurice Tavant 23-6-3 Paris L PTS 10 1965-03-15 Paul Armstead 29-10-0 Mayfair, London, England L TKO 6 1965-03-06 Willy Quatuor 1-1-1 Hanover, West Germany L PTS 10 1965-02-15 Jim(Spike) McCormack 2-5-1 Bristol, England D PTS 8 1965-01-30 Angel (Robinson) Garcia 68-25-6 Tunis, Tunisia L PTS 10 1965-01-12 Vic Andreetti 2-4-2 Kensington, London, England L PTS 8 1964-11-03 Peter Cheevers 2-0-0 Shoreditch, England W KO 1 1964-10-05 Maurice Cullen 27-4-2 Newcastle, England L TKO 5 1964-06-09 Billy Calvert 22-16-4 Morecambe,England W TKO 5 1964-04-21 Bobby Fisher 0-1-0 Finsbury Park, London, England W KO 5 1963-10-05 Floyd Robertson 0-2-1 Accra, Ghana L TKO 11 British Empire Featherweight Title 1963-07-06 Casino Kinful 0-1-0 Accra, Ghana W TKO 3 1963-06-15 Famous Lartey 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 10 1963-03-30 Mario Sitri 0-1-0 Accra, Ghana D PTS 10 1963-03-02 Lucas Tetteh 0-1-0 Accra, Ghana W KO 8 1962-12-29 Ossi Renner 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W KO 1 Ghanaian Featherweight Title 1962-10-31 Roy Jacobs 2-6-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 10 1962-09-15 Roy Jacobs 2-5-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 10 1962-06-09 Percy Lewis 1-2-1 Accra, Ghana W PTS 10 1962-04-28 Konta Outara 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 10 1962-04-01 Jomo Jackson 0-3-0 Kumasi, Ghana W PTS 10 Unsure of date 1962-03-05 Lat Shombare 1-0-0 Accra, Ghana W KO 7 1962-02-02 Jomo Jackson 0-2-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 15 Ghanaian Featherweight Title 1961-10-03 Lat Shombare 0-0-0 Lagos, Nigeria L TKO 7 Vacant West African Featherweight Title 1961-07-17 Rocky Ardey 0-0-0 Kumasi, Ghana W TKO 6 1961-06-15 Jomo Jackson 0-1-0 Kumasi, Ghana W PTS 10 1961-05-05 Casino Kinful 0-0-0 Kumasi, Ghana W TKO 3 1961-04-01 Jomo Jackson 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W TKO 10 Vacant Ghanaian Featherweight Title 1960-09-06 Ofei Dodoo 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W KO 6 1960-01-30 Jack Ofori 0-1-0 Accra, Ghana W KO 6 1960-01-23 Jules Touan 2-3-0 Abidjan, Ivory Coast W TKO 2 1959-10-17 Jules Touan 1-3-0 Abidjan, Ivory Coast L PTS 10 1959-08-08 Tetteh Sallah 0-0-0 Tarkwa, Ghana W PTS 8 1959-06-06 Love Allotey 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana L PTS 15 Vacant Ghanaian Featherweight Title 1959-04-04 Andrews Marty 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 10 1959-03-05 Lucas Tetteh 0-0-0 Tarkwa, Ghana W TKO 5 1958-07-04 Speedy Yorke 0-1-0 Takoradi, Ghana W PTS 10 1958-06-05 Ta Joseph 0-0-0 Abidjan, Ivory Coast W PTS 8 1958-03-06 Speedy Yorke 0-0-0 Tarkwa, Ghana W PTS 8 1958-02-08 Jack Ofori 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 8 1957-12-03 Ant Ofori 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W TKO 3 1957-03-04 Junior Cassidy 0-0-0 Lagos, Nigeria L PTS 8 1957-02-07 Famous Tetteh 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 6 1957-01-05 Penny Kid 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 6

The mortal remains of Joe Tetteh was laid to rest on 26 April 2002 at the Osu cemetery in Accra.

As Ghanaians bid farewell to the one-time Commonwealth lightweight champion they do so in contentment of the good services rendered by him. He greatly influenced the course of boxing in this country.

Joe Tetteh certainly belonged to the rare breed of Ghanaian boxers whose fighting spirit and absolute belief in the African’s capability to make it to the top helped them to tear down barriers of frustration.

Together with the late Floyd Klutei Robertson, and following the footsteps of the late Roy Ankrah and others, they proved that boxing was not a sport for only street-smart boys. They inspired boys from all strata in the Ghanaian society.

The famous Robertson-Tetteh clash in 1964 served as a magic potion that attracted countless youth to boxing. The sport’s popular appeal up to this day owes much to the pioneering work of Joe Tetteh and the other heroes of his era. Although Moses Boryor never fought as a boxer, his involvement in the sport brought immense benefits to the country. In one way or the other, he had a hand in the making of almost all Ghana’s world champions.

We particularly recollect the instrumental role he played in getting Ghana affiliated to the WBA, a development that paved the way for Ike Quartey to win the WBA welterweight title.

We join Ghanaians in mourning the two heroes who have paid their dues to Ghana boxing. As it is said, “when man has done his very best, the angels above can do no more”.

The best tribute we can pay them is to carry on with their good works so that this country recaptures its once-enviable place in world boxing. We hope the plan to build a modern gym at Bukom, the cradle of boxing in Ghana, as promised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, would be vigorously pursued. We also urge that similar facilities be extended to the other regions because enthusiasm among the youth for boxing now is not limited to Accra and the other cities.

The country still abounds with talents who can take over where D. K. Poison, Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey and Nana Yaw Konadu left off and restore Ghana’s pride.

Tribute by Prof Pete

Joe Tetteh was born on December 10, 1941. In his career as a boxer, Joe Won 44 (KOs 25) | Lost 28 | Drawn 6 | Tot 78. Joe had the longest boxing career in the history of Ghana's boxing. Joe Tetteh's first fight was in Accra against Penny Kid on January 5th, 1957. Soon Joe gave up carpentary for the love of boxing. His famous bout was on November 5th, 1963 against the Greatest of all Ghanaian boxers, Floyd Robertson which Joe lost by a TKO 11.

I remember that night the fight turned into Gamashie versus the other Gas. Joe Tetteh was supported by the GaMashie people and Floyd Robertson the national hero was backed by the other Gas and Ghanaians. Joe Tetteh came to the bout with a coffin predicting to get the body of the national hero, Floyd Robertson into the coffin that night. It was the fight of Ghana's Century. Rest in Peace, Ghana's boxing carpenter.

Career Record (Joe Tetteh)

Date Opponent Opp Rec Last 6 Location Result Title)s
1974-04-04 Ken Buchanan 52-2-0 Copenhagen, Denmark L KO 3
1974-02-21 Ali Afakasi 0-1-0 Wellington, New Zealand L PTS 10
1973-12-15 Ould Makloufi 1-2-0 Algiers, Algeria L PTS 15
Vacant All African Lightweight Title

1973-11-27 Des Morrison 4-0-1 London, England L PTS 15
British light-welterweight title
1973-08-04 Norman Sekgapane 27-3-0 Johannesburg, South Africa L TKO 3
1973-07-16 Hector Thompson 39-3-2 Brisbane, Australia L PTS 15 British Commonwealth junior-welter title

1973-03-26 Hector Thompson 38-2-2 Brisbane, Australia L PTS 15 British
Commonwealth junior-welter title
1972-09-21 Joey Santos 0-0-0 Wellington, New Zealand W TKO 10 Vacant Commonwealth Light Welterweight Title 1972-06-16 Hector Thompson 31-2-1 Brisbane, Australia L PTS 10 1971-11-30 Pat McCormack 2-2-0 Bethnal Green, London, England W TKO 5 1971-11-05 Jeff White 4-2-0 Brisbane, Australia W PTS 10 1971-10-04 Leo Young 0-1-0 Melbourne, Australia W PTS 10 1971-09-20 Manny Santos 2-1-0 Melbourne, Australia D PTS 10 1971-05-01 Junior Joseph 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W TKO 4 1971-03-01 Roger Zami 1-1-0 Paris, France L PTS 10 1971-02-13 Angel (Robinson) Garcia 114-49-17 Barcelona, Spain L PTS 10 1970-12-26 Pedro Carrasco 94-1-2 Madrid, Spain L PTS 10 1970-11-21 Pedro Carrasco 94-1-1 Barcelona, Spain D PTS 10 1970-10-26 Baldassari Picone 0-0-0 Paris, France W PTS 10 1970-08-29 Ed Nelson 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W KO 1 1970-05-09 Enzo Petriglia 0-0-0 Rome, Italy D PTS 8 1969-11-23 Lakdar El Harizi 1-1-0 Paris, France W KO 7 1969-02-24 Lex Hunter 1-5-0 Kensington, London, England W TKO 4 1968-11-22 Bruno Arcari 27-1-0 La Spezia, Italy L PTS 10 1968-11-10 Lex Hunter 1-4-0 Kensington, London, England W TKO 6 1968-06-13 Borge Krogh 33-2-2 Copenhagen, Denmark L PTS 8 1968-04-25 Jose Legra 102-6-4 Barcelona, Spain L PTS 10 1968-01-19 Romano Fanali 0-0-0 Rome, Italy L PTS 8 1967-11-07 Liam Clarke 0-1-1 Wembley, London, England L TKO 4 1967-10-18 Liam Clarke 0-1-0 Wolverhampton, England D PTS 8 1967-02-21 Ivan Whiter 0-6-1 Shoreditch, England W TKO 4 1967-01-30 Lex Hunter 0-2-0 Mayfair, London, England L PTS 8 1966-05-02 Mickey Laud 0-1-0 Manchester, England W TKO 3 1966-01-18 Lex Hunter 0-1-0 Brighton, England W TKO 6 1965-11-22 Maurice Tavant 23-6-3 Paris L PTS 10 1965-03-15 Paul Armstead 29-10-0 Mayfair, London, England L TKO 6 1965-03-06 Willy Quatuor 1-1-1 Hanover, West Germany L PTS 10 1965-02-15 Jim(Spike) McCormack 2-5-1 Bristol, England D PTS 8 1965-01-30 Angel (Robinson) Garcia 68-25-6 Tunis, Tunisia L PTS 10 1965-01-12 Vic Andreetti 2-4-2 Kensington, London, England L PTS 8 1964-11-03 Peter Cheevers 2-0-0 Shoreditch, England W KO 1 1964-10-05 Maurice Cullen 27-4-2 Newcastle, England L TKO 5 1964-06-09 Billy Calvert 22-16-4 Morecambe,England W TKO 5 1964-04-21 Bobby Fisher 0-1-0 Finsbury Park, London, England W KO 5 1963-10-05 Floyd Robertson 0-2-1 Accra, Ghana L TKO 11 British Empire Featherweight Title 1963-07-06 Casino Kinful 0-1-0 Accra, Ghana W TKO 3 1963-06-15 Famous Lartey 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 10 1963-03-30 Mario Sitri 0-1-0 Accra, Ghana D PTS 10 1963-03-02 Lucas Tetteh 0-1-0 Accra, Ghana W KO 8 1962-12-29 Ossi Renner 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W KO 1 Ghanaian Featherweight Title 1962-10-31 Roy Jacobs 2-6-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 10 1962-09-15 Roy Jacobs 2-5-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 10 1962-06-09 Percy Lewis 1-2-1 Accra, Ghana W PTS 10 1962-04-28 Konta Outara 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 10 1962-04-01 Jomo Jackson 0-3-0 Kumasi, Ghana W PTS 10 Unsure of date 1962-03-05 Lat Shombare 1-0-0 Accra, Ghana W KO 7 1962-02-02 Jomo Jackson 0-2-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 15 Ghanaian Featherweight Title 1961-10-03 Lat Shombare 0-0-0 Lagos, Nigeria L TKO 7 Vacant West African Featherweight Title 1961-07-17 Rocky Ardey 0-0-0 Kumasi, Ghana W TKO 6 1961-06-15 Jomo Jackson 0-1-0 Kumasi, Ghana W PTS 10 1961-05-05 Casino Kinful 0-0-0 Kumasi, Ghana W TKO 3 1961-04-01 Jomo Jackson 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W TKO 10 Vacant Ghanaian Featherweight Title 1960-09-06 Ofei Dodoo 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W KO 6 1960-01-30 Jack Ofori 0-1-0 Accra, Ghana W KO 6 1960-01-23 Jules Touan 2-3-0 Abidjan, Ivory Coast W TKO 2 1959-10-17 Jules Touan 1-3-0 Abidjan, Ivory Coast L PTS 10 1959-08-08 Tetteh Sallah 0-0-0 Tarkwa, Ghana W PTS 8 1959-06-06 Love Allotey 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana L PTS 15 Vacant Ghanaian Featherweight Title 1959-04-04 Andrews Marty 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 10 1959-03-05 Lucas Tetteh 0-0-0 Tarkwa, Ghana W TKO 5 1958-07-04 Speedy Yorke 0-1-0 Takoradi, Ghana W PTS 10 1958-06-05 Ta Joseph 0-0-0 Abidjan, Ivory Coast W PTS 8 1958-03-06 Speedy Yorke 0-0-0 Tarkwa, Ghana W PTS 8 1958-02-08 Jack Ofori 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 8 1957-12-03 Ant Ofori 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W TKO 3 1957-03-04 Junior Cassidy 0-0-0 Lagos, Nigeria L PTS 8 1957-02-07 Famous Tetteh 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 6 1957-01-05 Penny Kid 0-0-0 Accra, Ghana W PTS 6

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