Box Office promotions present Valentine’s Eve boxing Bonanza
By Prince Dornu-Leiku
Box Office Boxing Promotions will on February 13 stage its first fight night of the year at the Jubilee Pool House in James Town, Accra. Alex Ntiamoah-Boakye, CEO and Promoter of Box Office Sports says this will be the first of a series of boxing promotions his syndicate will stage this year with the ultimate ambition to bring a world title fight to Ghana in the near future. “It is a burning desire and one that we believe is possible. We are in business to raise Ghana boxing to greater heights and we believe that in the not too distant future, we’ll stage world title fights in Ghana,” Mr. Ntiamoah-Boakye stated amid revealing that Box Office are also scheduled to present the ‘Independence Day Rumble’ on March 6.
A total of 11 bouts are billed to be fought on the ‘Valentine’s Eve Boxing’ menu with Ayi Bruce of Wisdom Gym taking on Ebenezer Lamptey of Believer’s Gym in the headliner for the national lightweight championship. February 13 will also see the return of Malik Jabir who battles Sumaila Somia in a featherweight contest. Emmanuel Tagoe who will fight for the African Boxing Union (ABU) Featherweight title in the main bout of March 6’s ‘Independence Day Rumble’ warms up in a non-title bout on February 13.
11 fights on one night may be unprecedented in the history of Ghanaian boxing promotions but Box Office Sports have more in store. CEO Alex Ntiamoah-Boakye adds that his outfit can even hold grander and bigger boxing promotions but for a lack of corporate support, sponsorship and TV coverage. These he says are key to the bid to reestablish boxing patronage in this country. “We are also hoping to sign some big television deal with say DSTV for a partnership so we can do a series of promotions and boxing shows. All we need is the support of government and big companies to sponsor us and the sky will be the limit in our quest to revive boxing,” Ntiamoah-Boakye said.
Meanwhile, February 13 at the Jubilee Pool House is the setting for the first of what Box Office Sports promise to be a series of exciting times for boxing fans in Ghana. Organized in association with Energy House and Jubilee Pool House, other top match-ups on the 11-fight bill pairs Ishmael Tetteh against John Akulugu, Philip Kotey versus Jonathan Akrofi, Razak Nettey against Alfred Quaye as well as Thomas Awinbono versus Moro Tahiru. The gates are open at 6.30 pm with the first bout throwing off at 7.30 pm on the eve of Valentine’s Day 2010.