Ghana’s Frederick Lawson will be taking part in this year’s WBC Jose Sulaiman World Invitational tournament in the United States on April 27.
Lawson and 7 other boxers will slug it out in the first round or quarter finals of the tournament with hopes of winning and moving to the semi-finals and finals and the prospect of getting a shot at the world title.
Lawson, ranked 3rd after an internet vote by fans, will face 6th ranked Baishanbo Nasiywula (13-1-1, 6 KOs), of China.
The two boxers expressed their thoughts on their entry into the tournament and their clash in the ring.
Frederick Lawson said: “My comeback to the limelight has been a hard road to travel. I thank God the almighty, my manager Jacob Zwennes who has been my rock and my entire team for believing in me and who will prepare me for my first-round matchup against Baishanbo Nasiywula. Most importantly I thank Real Deal Boxing and the WBC for giving me this opportunity to come and show the world who “General Okunka” really is.”
Baishanbo Nasiywula said: “I’m honored to fight in the United States and fight Fredrick Lawson in the first round of the ‘Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament. I know there are many great fighters entered but I plan on using this tournament to make my mark internationally and be victorious throughout.”
According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, “…each fighter in the first round will receive a purse of $15,000 with the winner of each bout receiving a victory bonus of $7,500. Each fighter in semifinals will receive a purse of $30,000 with the winner of each bout also getting a $15,000 win bonus. The fighters in the final will receive a purse of $75,000 with the winner receiving a $25,000 win bonus.
If a fight ends in a draw, there will be an 11th round. Also, a fourth judge will be placed at ringside and a fifth judge will be placed in front of a television monitor with no audio commentary. All five judges’ scorecards will be used if the fight goes the distance. Normally only three judges score a fight.”
The event has been put together by the WBC and Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Promotions and it will come off at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana