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24.06.2020 Boxing

Commey: Invest In Boxing For More World Titles

By GNA
Richard Commey
LISTEN JUN 24, 2020
Richard Commey

Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight champion, Richard Commey, has called on Corporate Ghana and the government to invest heavily in boxing to help produce more world champions for the nation.

Commey stated in an interview with GNA Sports that it was not proper for the nation to produce world champions occasionally, adding that Ghana had the capacity to produce world champions, at least, each year with the right investment.

"We have the talents and young people with the interest to venture into boxing but without the right investment, they would not be attracted to the sport and work at becoming world champions.

"The Bukom Boxing Arena is a perfect example of investment in boxing. It is nice and has the needed equipment but we need more to produce quality boxers for the country.

"Countries like Ukraine and Russia have invested heavily in boxing and that is why their boxers are making waves on the international scene.

"Vasyl Lomachenko had three Olympic medals to his credit before turning professional and you can see his performance on the world stage. This is the type of investment we need in our game," Commey noted.

According to the former world champion, some of the investments made by corporate bodies in certain areas would not bring any benefit to the nation.

"I don't mean to denigrate any programme but I recently saw Ghana's Strongest on television with a lot of sponsors. I wonder what benefit such a programme would bring to Ghana.

"They should come and invest in boxer rather, it would bring us more benefits. We have the chance to grab more titles for Ghana," he appealed.

Commey stated that he was preparing well to reclaim his title and would be ready to take up a rematch with Teofimo Lopez, who defeated him to win his title last December.

The former IBF champion had been training at the Bukom Boxing Arena since returning home from the US after the world title defeat.

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