It was a moment of joy and a shade of melancholy on the part of Ghana’s newly signed on professional bantamweight boxer, Daniel Selassie Gorsh aka ‘The Emperor’ when he was to put pen on paper to start a new journey in boxing at the Bronx Boxing Gym at James Town on Wednesday.
His fans including his parents had come in their numbers to witness the ceremony, and when he took the mic to speak, he began to cry, just because he was very happy to be lucky and also to rededicate himself to his long time coach and caretaker, Carl Lokko.
According to Gorsh, it is good he did not listen to people, and at the right time, he has landed a lucrative 3-year contract with USA based L & B Management Syndicate.
He told Yours Truly he decided to turn professional after he was not selected in the final squad for the 2020 Olympic Games Qualifier in Senegal.
He expressed that what he could not do as an amateur star with the Black Bomber, he hopes to achieve in the paid ranks and asked Ghanaians to pray for his success.
Present at the ceremony was boxing guru and consultant, Mr Yoofi Boham who has contributed to the success of many Ghanaian boxers, USA based Daniel Annan, Alhaji Theophilus Tagoe of Royal Dede Resort, Charles Lartey, operations manager and Peter Nash Quarcoo Executive Director of L & B Management.
Mr Yoofi Boham described Gorsh as a rising promising star who must be supported to win a world title for Ghana. He advised him to work hard to overcome all the obstacles in boxing to be on top always, and also obey his trainers.
Mr Nash Quarcoo hinted that they have been monitoring the budding talent for the past ten years, and feel time is due for him to turn professional and target a world title.
“I pray that he becomes a world champion in the next two years” he stressed.
Coach Carl Lokko thanked everyone who has played a role in the career of Dan Gorsh, and pleaded with him not to rush, but be patient and focused as the right time will come for him to become a champion.
Mr William Gorsh, father of the boxer said boxing is in their family as his dad was a boxer and a soldier.
Members of the Ghana Boxing Supporters Union (GBSU) were there to offer entertainment and moral backing.
Vice president Samuel Nana Kweku Djan said Dan Gorsh is destined to be one of the best boxers in the world and cautioned him to be extra disciplined and not to joke with his training. He wished all boxers at the Bronx Gym success.