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16.05.2007 Boxing

'Men Only' Fights Schedule Unchanged

The Ghana Boxing Authority says the final night of the fourth championship of the Men Only Boxing Championship will come on as scheduled.

The authority says it is unaware of the concerns for which some stakeholders are alleged to have threatened to boycott the May 26 fights scheduled for the Lebanon House in Accra.

Moses Foh-Amoaning, Chairman of the GBA, told the Daily Graphic in an interview that the final fights were discussed between the GBA and various stakeholders at a meeting at the Attoh Quarshie Boxing Gym, and wondered how concerns would only be raised in the absence of other major players in the sport.

The match-maker for the May 26 night is Rasheed Williams, a.k.a. Believer, secretary of the Boxing Coaches Association, who worked the pairings with Mr J.A. Annan, a member of the GBA in charge of ring officials.

On the supposed threat by the ring officials, Mr Foh-Amoaning said the group had only requested for an upward adjustment of their future remunerations at the championship rather than issue a boycott threat.

Indeed, by their letter to the GBA dated May 10, the ring officials called for a better deal over which the GBA is expected to meet them in Accra today.

He said the ยข2.2 million remuneration due the ring officials was agreed upon at a meeting, for which reason they could not have claimed to have been cheated.

In a separate interview, Godwin Dzane Kotey, President of the association, also insisted that on no occasion did members decide at any meeting to boycott the May 26 fights scheduled for the Lebanon House in Accra.

He told the Daily Graphic that members of the coaches association were preparing feverishly for the forthcoming night.

Story by Michael Quaye