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16.04.2007 Boxing

Two Gyms Expelled From Accra Boxing League

Fit Square Gym and Wisdom Gym have been expelled from the ongoing Greater Accra Amatuer Boxing league for intentionally letting their boxers stay away from some fights.

The Vice-Chairman of the Greater Accra Amateur Boxing Association, Mr Gideon Quartey, who revealed this to the Daily Graphic last Friday after the week seven bouts, said his outfit gave the said gyms the chance to change their attitude but they did not.

Story By Nathaniel Attoh

“Some of them think having their boxers in the national team makes them better off than the other gyms, and that is wrong. We have made up our minds, and that is final,” Mr Quartey said.

According to Mr Quartey, only gyms that had kept faith with the league would enjoy a working relationship with the association from hence.

“We will not entertain gyms who only present their boxers when they think they can defeat the opponents they've been pitted against”.

The Greater Accra Regional Sports Development Officer, Mr S.S. Atuahene, said all stakeholders must see the GAABA league as a very crucial platform for discovering and recruiting boxers for the national team.

“It is through regional programmes like this that national boxers are selected, and this applies to every discipline,” he said.

Meanwhile, seven fights were honoured at the weekend. In a welterweight contest, Ben Ashily defeated Adjetey Monney after losing the first round.

In a middleweight contest, Charles Stella gave Ebenezer Amedo a battering, which forced the referee to stop the fight in round 2. And in another middlewight bout, Lartei Lartey defeated Jones Ebu, while Ishmael Tetteh lost by 2-1 to Abu Iddrissu in a welterweight bout.

Panix Gym's Michael Pappoe defeated Daniel Commey of Black Panthers 3-0 in a lightweight bout while Sampson Dzaku defeated Michael Osula in round four after the referee stopped the bout.

In the last bout of the evening Confidence Hamenu's strong jabbing forced Solomon Mensah to retire in round three.

Story By Nathaniel Attoh