Ghanaian welterweight Frederick Lawson has told Citi Sports there is a need for more support for boxing in Ghana if huge strides will be made in the sport.
Local boxing has faced serious challenges in terms of a lack of finance and infrastructure in recent years even though there have been good attempts by the Ghana Boxing Authority and some boxing promoters to revive the sport.
For Lawson, who recently moved to the United States to continue his boxing development, the state of local boxing has to be improved for the growth of the careers of local boxers.
“When I look at boxing in Ghana and what I have seen here in the US is that there is not enough support in Ghana and that means if you are a boxer, you will have to go elsewhere to develop yourself. Those who have that opportunity to leave will do so and help their careers.
If boxers will stay in Ghana, then we really need to step thing up because boxing is really going down in the country”, he told Citi Sports in an exclusive interview from his base in the United States on Wednesday.
Lawson has started his career in the US with two wins, the most recent being the unanimous points decision victory over 1998 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Raymond Narh, in California.
He reflected on the bout with gladness and he was very appreciative of the support of his management team, Centre Stage Management.
“The bout was a good one and I was happy with the result. Of course, I recognise Narh’s quality and experience but I also went with my strong points and I got the victory.
But that opportunity would not have come without Centre Stage Management and I thank God for letting me meet them. I got to them after I came back from the Phillipines (where he as the sparring partner for Manny Pacquaio in the build up to his bout with Brandon Rios).
They pick talents up and guide them to the point of fully realising their potential. I have seen progress since joining and even though, it has not been all smooth, but it has been worth it and so I thank them for all they have done for me.”
Lawson plans on taking a rest before getting back into the gym and preparing for the 2015 boxing year.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana');