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17.12.2004 Sports News

Bazooka Now Fights Klinesmith

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Ike'Bazooka' Quartey has finally been billed to fight American middleweight, George Klinesmith, on January 14 at the Azumah Nelson Sports Complex (formerly Kaneshie Sports Complex).

This announcement came last Monday after promoters, Lou DiBella Entertainment, had made unsuccessful efforts to pit the former WBA welterweight champion against Clint McNeil and Francis 'the rat' Jones. The major concern at the moment is whether or not Klinesmith will also bow out any day from today just like Quartey's previous opponents had done.

But the phenomenon of boxers avoiding the hard-punching 'Bazooka's' path is nothing new since he faced this problem before he became a world champion.

But with a record of 18-8-5, 28-year-old Klinesmith is optimistic that he will stop Quartey. Considering his record, he seems a tougher opponent for Ike compared to Francis Jones who has a record of 8-0-2-1.

With exactly 29 days to the D-day, Ike seems to be hitting top form at his Kokrobite gym. According to his trainer, Oko Odamtten, training has gone on smoothly without any hitches.

The new name on the list of Ike's sparring partners is national and West African light heavyweight champion, Brimah Kamoko, a.k.a Bukom Banku.

He was brought on board to toughen the 'Bazooka' enough for the new year assignment.

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