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12.03.2007 Boxing

Adamu Vows To Stop Gbenga In Round 5

Ghanaian super middleweight, Charles 'The Crusader'Adamu, in a pure exhibition of the boastings that precede big fights, has vowed to hand Michael Gbenga a fifth round knockout in their Commonwealth middleweight eliminator scheduled for March 24 in Accra.

“If Gbenga is able to survive round five he will leave the ring very hurt,” the Attoh Quarshie product declared in an interview with the Daily Graphic last Sunday.

Adamu, a middleweight bronze medallist at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was supposed to fight Gbenga last year but chickened out at the last minute.

“I am preparing very hard for this fight because I have been looking forward to it for a long time,” he revealed.

The Nigerian-born Gbenga, on the other hand, has tasted only one defeat so far and this was the African light heavyweight championship bout against Brimah 'Bukom Banku' Kamoko on April 1, 2005, in Accra.

The fight, one of the main attractions on the Ambition Promotions and Commonwealth Sports Award Bill to be staged either at the Azumah Nelson Complex or the Lebanon House in Accra, will feature two other Commonwealth final eliminators.

Another fine young pugilist from the Attoh Quarshie stable, George 'Red Tiger' Ashie, will slug it out with Yakubu Amidu of the Fit Square Gym in a final Commonwealth super featherweight eliminator.

In another interview, Ashie promised to stop Amidu at least in round three or at most in round seven. “Amidu is bragging that he will stop me in round five or six but what he forgets is that a boxer of my kind hardly falls,” he said.

Philip 'Sweet Pea' Kotey, also from the Attoh Quarshie Gym, finally gets a chance to settle scores in the ring with former Commonwealth Champion, Joshua 'Bukom Tsatsu' Okine, in a Commonwealth welterweight final eliminator.

In a supporting bout, former national and West Africa lightweight champion, Bilal 'Take Punch' Mohammed, clashes with Samuel Amoako in an eight-round contest.

Alhaji Tofik of Ambition Promotions said so far organisation of the big event had gone on well.

“We know Ghanaians are eager to be a part of this bill and we will bring it to them,” he said.

Story by Nathaniel Attoh