Ten boxing gyms in Accra will converge at the premises of private entertainment television network, Metro TV, tonight to usher in the third Mortein Professional Boxing League.
The event, to be beamed live on Metro TV, chief sponsors of the championship, will feature the cream of boxers from Believer Boxing Gym, Will Power Boxing Club, Sagacious Boxing Club, Bukom Boxing Club and Attoh Quarshie Boxing Gym, defending champions of the competition.
Others to compete are Black Panther Boxing Club, Fit Square Boxing Club, Akotoku Academy and Wisdom Boxing Club.
But while fans troop in to watch the new breed of professionals on the first day of the tournament, they will be disappointed at the absence of the second edition's joint best boxers, Yakubu Amidu and George Ashie, on the weekly shows.
Amidu, now fighting as a full professional under the dynamic Landmark Management Syndicate, will, however, appear on the bill in a special super featherweight attraction against Emmanuel Lartey.
For the 10 boxers who will begin the new championship, the prize money offers the same attraction as the urge to emulate either Ashie or Amidu.
Indeed, Metro TV just last Monday paid the Ghana Boxing Authority, their collaborators in the production of the Mortein Professional Boxing League, ¢65 million as the authority's net share of proceeds realised from the last edition which happened with the support of Far East Mercantile, dealers in Mortein products in the country.
In the main bouts opening the third edition tonight, Believer Boxing Club's Isaac Nettey and Will Power's Razak Nettey will begin action with an eight-round super bantamweight bout.
Sagacious' Sam Okine and Sam Amoako of Panix will follow with another eight round lightweight clash, while Sam Turkson will attempt to sustain the pride of Attoh Quarshie when he fights Joseph Laryea of Bukom Boxing Club in a featherweight over eight rounds.
Odarlai Lamptey of Akotoku and Prince Ofotsu of Wisdom will enter for the fourth bout in a super featherweight contest. Black Panther's Isaac Selom and Mohammed Sampando of Fit Square will conclude the bill with a welterweight clash.