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07.10.2008 Boxing

Quaye, Four Others To Appear Before GBA • Over Alleged Impersonation

Ghana's Super bantamweight boxer, Alfred 'Awuo' Quaye, and four boxing officials are scheduled to appear before the Ghana Boxing Authority's (GBA) Disciplinary Committee headed by Mr Peter Zwenes on Thursday in a case in which the officials are being accused of impersonation in a fight.

The boxer alleged in the September 30-October 2 edition of the Graphic Sports that the four had arranged his impersonation in a fight with one Jorge Perez (7-0) in Spain in November last year.

Quaye said Roger Barnor, a boxing referee, Otoo Lartey, a match maker, Abdul Rashid Williams (Believer), a boxing trainer, and Darko Richetts, an assistant trainer at Wisdom Gym, prepared him for a fight, including processing his passport for the bout, but it eventually turned out to be a fiasco.

A publication on boxing web site, indicated that Quaye had fought and lost to Perez when he had not travelled to Spain.

The GBA Chairman, Moses Foh Amoaning, said his outfit would thoroughly investigate the matter and those found culpable would be handed over to the law enforcement agencies and dealt with accordingly.

“As a starter, Alfred Quaye will be punished by the GBA for breaching the GBA's code of ethics on how licensees should lodge complaints. He did not follow the laid down procedures and rather chose to make allegations both in the print and electronic media.

“We will give all the accused persons a fair hearing but if fraud is proven, we will hand over those affected to the appropriate authority to deal with them. This is just to caution any person who is nursing similar intentions. We want to purge Ghana boxing of all these ills,” he told this reporter.

The GBA Chairman said he was unhappy about the way the boxer made allegations in the media and turned a blind eye to the code of ethics. “This is a serious matter and we will approach it with all seriousness because we don't want the development of the sport to be dragged by certain elements,” he said.

Meanwhile, Referee Roger Barnor has said he will take legal action against Quaye for defamation of character, insisting that the allegations are totally false.

“I will not allow Alfred Quaye to tarnish my image. Now he has done a lot of damage to my person publicly and I have to turn to the courts to address the issue,” he told the Graphic Sports.

Apart from Otoo Lartey who corroborated some parts of the boxer's story, the two others, Coaches Darko and Believer, have denied the allegation.

Story by Nathaniel Attoh