The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) has announced that title defences will be made mandatory for boxers in the country and these will be determined by ratings of the fighters on the local scene.
Speaking at the media launch of the “Fist Of Fury” boxing event at the Accra Sports Stadium, the GBA stated that boxers who were champions would have to be ready for title defences or lose their belts.
“Initially, we were not putting out our ratings as were supposed to but for the last two months, we have made those ratings public and the boxers know.
So now, if you have a title and you decide not go for a mandatory defence, the GBA will take the belt away and it will be vacant for any two boxers to fight for,” said the GBA’s Public Relations Officer, Naa Darkuah Dodoo.
Ms. Dodoo explained that certain boxers sometimes walked away from title defences because of the strength of their opponents.
“There are occasions when title holders are afraid of the challengers and they do not want to fight but we are reminding them of the need to fight because of the ratings we have published.”
Meanwhile, local boxer Emmanuel “Game Boy” Tagoe is set to fight on the 26th of December at the Accra Sports Stadium against Tanzanian opponent Sidicki Mombo in an event organised by Baby Jet Boxing Promotions. Full details are expected in coming days but officials of Baby Jet Boxing Promotions say the venue has been secured and the bout will happen.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana