Azumah (R) poses with some trainee In connection with the preparation of a Burkina Faso boxer for an impending world title fight, the Burkina Faso Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Sini Pierre Sanou has paid a courtesy call on boxing Professor, Barimah Azumah Nelson at his Achimota residence in Accra last Monday.
Irissa Kabore, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Welterweight World Champion is to defend the title he won recently against Frenchman Frank Haroche in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on December 20, 2008.
The boxer has had 18 days of intensive training at Azumah's gym to prepare for the impending boxing fight being organized by the Burkina Faso Boxing Federation in collaboration with the country's National Lotto Company (LONAB).
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE SPORTS during the visit by the Burkinabe Ambassador, Ghana's boxing legend, Azumah Nelson, who was awarded the 2008 'Dennie Mancini' prize for boxing excellence at the Luncheon jointly hosted by the Commonwealth Boxing Council and the British Boxing Board of Control in London last Wednesday, said the Ambassador's visit would motivate the boxer to go all out to defend his title.
“I'm grateful to His Excellency Pierre Sanou for coming to thank me for the training I have been having with boxers from Burkina Faso for the past two years,” Azumah added.
While Irissa Kabore presented his IBF belt to the Ambassador in a short ceremony, His Excellency Pierre Sanou who was accompanied by the National Television of Burkina Faso congratulated Azumah Nelson for the work he has been doing.
His Excellency Pierre Sanou said since Ghana is one of the countries with talented boxers in the sub-region, it was important for the Burkina Faso government to send boxers to Ghana for training in preparation for major events, especially world title fights.
Sources close to Azumah revealed that Irissa Kabore and his Manager Jean Pierre Mahe left Ghana last Tuesday December 15, 2008 to Burkina Faso after 18 days of intensive training at Azumah's gym.By Pierre Toto