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17.06.2009 General News

Strange Decisions Mar GAABA Trials

By Andrew Nortey - newtimesonline.com
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Strange decisions from judges marred the weekend's trials of the Greater Accra Amateur Boxing Association (GAABA) at the Prisons Canteen in Cantonments.

At various points in time, fans protested openly to decisions handed by the judges which sometimes forced GAABA officials to intervene to maintain sanity.

The worst of all was a 3 – 0 win awarded Greater Accra regional team member, Mathias Sulley, over Mohammed Azumah of Bridge Foundation in their welterweight contest.

As a 'fresher' in the weekly trials, Sulley was tipped to have an easy run but it emerged a bad assumption as Azumah pummeled his opponent round the ring with precision.

After initial exchanges, Azumah assumed control and having a good time with his powerful left and right hooks, he sent Sulley crashing on the canvas, rendering him dazed but was saved by the bell.

Sulley attempted to fight back using his jabs to keep Azumah at bay but that was to no avail.

In front of his mentor Azumah Nelson and other boxing enthusiasts, Azumah charged at his opponent and clearly worsened his plight.

Obviously in the lead, Azumah reduced the tempo in the final round; a decision that gave Sulley the chance to fight back and that perhaps attracted the sympathy of the judges who surprisingly awarded him a unanimous decision.

Nii Ofoli Tetteh's winning spree was halted by Joshua Barnor via a 2 – 1 decision in their featherweight contest.

Barnor, who returned into the ring after an ankle injury made nonsense of Tetteh's reach advantage and engaged him in a close fight in mid-ring.

Both boxers opened up fiercely in the third round and exchanged punches with Barnor getting the upper hand and was awarded the decision.

The shortest bout on the night was the welterweight clash between Ebenezer Quartey of the Greater Accra team and Moses Kaba of Reformers.

Quartey emerged the winner via a knockout in one minute and 43 seconds after a left hook to Kaba's mid section ended it all.

In another welterweight fray, Kpani Addy lost 0 – 3 to Ebenezer Quartey while Fit Square gym's Henry Quarcoopome recording a 2–1 win over Daniel Nartey.

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