Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) has called the bluff of the Ga Traditional Council (GTC) which has instructed the cancellation of the Bukom Banku-Ayittey Powers bout.
Last Wednesday, the traditional rulers issued a release authorizing the match makers and GBA to put the fight on hold because it falls within the period of ban on noise making.
The council also revealed that it had not agreed to the change of date from May 16 to 15 as publicized, maintaining that under no circumstance should the fight be sanctioned until the ban is lifted in June.
But president of GBA Lawyer Peter Zwennes challenged the authority of the council to stop the fight.
He stated in a counter release that the contents of the GTC release were most unfortunate and constituted a blatant attempt by the GTC not only to mislead the public but also arrogate to itself powers it did not have.
To the GBA boss, GTC had no power or authority to cancel or cause the postponement of any boxing event in the country.
‘The GBA does not operate under the auspices of the GTC and neither does the GBA report to the GTC in the performance of its functions.
‘The GBA therefore has no intention of complying with any such directive coming particularly from a body which has absolutely nothing to do with the promotion or development of the sport of boxing. For this reason the GBA is asking boxing fans and the general public to ignore that press release.
‘The GBA hereby confirms that the fight between Bukom Banku and Ayittey Powers will surely take place at the Accra Sports Stadium on Thursday, May 15.
He gave the assurance that his outfit was engaging with the National Sports Authority, the Ghana Police Service and the relevant security agencies to put in place measures aimed at providing adequate security for the protection of boxing fans and members of the general public who would throng the Accra Stadium for the fight from possible harassment by any misguided or lawless group.
He however indicated that the GBA had, in consultation with the promoters of the fight, educated residents of Bukom and Jamestown, the territorial jurisdiction of the GTC, on the need to observe the ban in their vicinities on the fight night.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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