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19.01.2005 Sports News

Banku Steals Show

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Brimah Kamoko, known in boxing circles as Bukom Banku stole the show at last Saturday's 'Return of Ike “Bazooka” Quartey Night at the Azumah Nelson Sports Complex in Accra.After the Bazookaman's successful eighth round knockout of Clint McNeil, the elated fans awaited Kamoko's showdown with his Ivorian opponent, Jean Marie 16-1(15kos),who had suffered only one defeat in his career.

Banku, who is best known for his bragging and showmanship, gave boxing fans a whole entertainment package, when a hiplife performance his hiplife group, The Drinkables, preceded his fight. After the boxer mounted he ring, he treated the fans to a few lines of his Ga lyrics which sent the crowd roaring.

With a mean look, Banku began the first round by landing a series of steady punches on the Ivorian. In round two, Banku knocked down the Ivorian with three straight punches after which he stood up to resume the fight. Banku sent Marie onto the canvas once again with a left hook. The Ivorian who was obviously hurt had no answer to Banku's punches and was knocked down finally in 1 minute and 18 seconds of the second round.

Charles'The Crusader' Adamu also recorded a second round knockout against Nigerian opponent, Basil Izikwe, in an international super-middleweight contest. Adamu unleashed a barrage of punches on Izikwe who was only saved by the bell. The Nigerian received more punishment early in round two and was saved by the referee who had to stop the bout.

This earned Adamu a victory via technical knockout (tko). Ghana's Osmanu Adama also repeated the dose of second-round knockouts on Solo Issah of Cote d'Ivoire in a 10 round Commonwealth elimination bout. After beginning the first round with fast calculated punches on Adama,Issah went on the receiving end of strong connecting punches.

Issah came back in the second round with replenished power and delivered a few good punches but Adama responded with a series of left and right hooks which seny the Ivorian down in two minutes and 18 seconds of the second round. Phillip 'Sweet Pea' Kotey continued the knockout story when he defeated Ola Shakilu in round three of an international welterweight contest.

After dominating in the first round, the sleek Kotey went ahead to deliver five straight punches on the Nigerian's face and followed with another three continuous hooks but the Nigerian was saved by the bell.Shakilu received more punishment from Kotey in the third round and was rendered defenceless.The referee stepped in to halt the fight, resulting in a technical knockout (tko) for Kotey.

The Commonwealth welterweight contest between Lartekwei 'Shocker' Hammond and Ken Muyanga of DR Congo was another knockout story. 'Shocker' drove a set of connecting punches into the lanky Muyanga who could not respond.

After knocking Muyanga down in the second round,'Shocker' continued inflicting punishment until the referee intervened to save the Congolese boxer, thus a technical knockout for the Ghanaian.The toughest fight of the evening was the super-welterweight contest between Thomas “Awin” Awinbono and Ishmael Tetteh. This was the only bout that went its full length.

It was a fierce exchange between the two boxers but Tetteh was the better of the two after dominating the second, fourth and sixth rounds. The judges scored the bout 78-75, 76-77 and 77-75 to give a unanimous decision in favour of Tetteh.Nigerian, Simon Peter McIntosh suffered yet another humiliating defeat at the hands of George Ashie.

After a shaky start, Ashie picked his rhythm and combined a set of upper cuts and body shots to send the veteran Nigerian boxer down in the second,third and fourth rounds. The visibly tired McIntosh who had a swollen eye as a result of Ashie's strong lethal punches and was defenceless.

His corner threw in the towel to halt further punishment from the Ghanaian.One unfortunate incident that occurred however, was when McIntosh angrily took off his trunks, threw them into the ringside area and confronted a fan who had taunted him.He had to be ushered away from the ringside in his underwear by the security men

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