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24.03.2009 Boxing

Confusion galore...At National Invitational Amateur boxing championship

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle

The overturning of the verdict of the Olympian Yekini Awusone and Maxwell Amponsah's bout by the jury at the National Invitational Amateur boxing championship made the combatants and their faithful flare up after the match.

An irate fan, believed to have come from the Yekini camp, rushed onto the ring officials to issue them a verbal warning for their inconsistency in decisions, and no amount of restraining from a peace officer would cal him. Eventually, some concerned fans joined the peace officer to restrain the angry man and supporters of Yekini.

The ring officials scored the bout 4-1 in favour of Yekini, but after consultation they rescinded the decision after they had declared Yekini winner.

"This is a disgrace to Ghana boxing, why you should declare Yekini winner, and then reverse the decision later," the irate fan who wants to remain anonymous questioned.

In other bouts, Manyo Plange defeated Musah Rahim 3-1 in the flyweight division, while Duke Micah lost 1-2 to Sulemana Tetteh in the light flyweight division.

In the bantamweight division, Emmanuel Quartey trounced Jessie Lartey 5-0, with Rahael Abrompah losing 1-4 to Octopus Dzani in the feather weight division.

Benjamin Lamptey was declared winner just two minutes forty-two seconds into the first round, after Michael O. Dodoo failed to continue the fight, following the injury he sustained in the lightweight division.

A similar incident happened in the Fredrick Lawson-Ebenezer Sowah clash in the welterweight category in which the former winner.

Eric Amegashie also bowed to Issah Samir in round two after the referee detected that Amegashie could not continue the fight, owing to injury he sustained in the heavyweight division, while Giblin Ahmed defeated David Bawa 5-0 in the light heavyweight division.

Habib Ahmed conquered Emmanuel Adjei 5-0 in the last bout of the day.

The cahirman of the Greater Accra Amateur Boxing Authority (GAABA), Mr. Solomon Ofei Darko described the two-day competition as a success.

He noted that out of the 55 boxers that participated in the boxing fiesta, 22 will be selected for the national team (Black Bombers).

The GAABA boss gave the assurance that his outfit will be meeting with the coaches to select the final 22, two from each category will embark on a non-residential camping exercise in April, for the West Africa competition slated for Ouagadugu, and later follow it with a two week residential camping to pick the final 11 in Winneba, who will represent the country in the Africa tourney in Lome, Togo in June.