It’s on: Banku and Powers swear to fight for just 1 cedi!
It is happening live on May 15.
Braimah ‘Bukom Banku’ Kamoko and Michael ‘Ayitey Powers’ Okine will set aside all the shenanigans and fight on Thursday.
At the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday afternoon, the two pormised a good show in the presence of GBA President Peter Zwennes and the freshly-crowned Joshua Clottey.
Citi 97.3 FM is the official English broadcaster of the fight
They both backed down from their insistence earlier this week that they would not fight unless their respective purses were upped to Gh¢50,000 (fifty thousand cedis) each.
“We have already signed the contract and we won’t do anything to bring boxing in Ghana into disrepute so we shall fight. If it’s even for one cedi, I will fight,” Kamoko swore.
“Yes it’s true that we wanted more cash but a contract is a contract and I have already told everyone that I will donate my purse to charity. I have spoken to the promoter already and I will accept what the promoter is offering, its victory that I want,” Ayitey Powers also vowed.
Boxers usually add spice to the pre-game talk by predicting the round in which the fight will be over, but Banku reneged this time.
“I will not reveal the round but I can assure all my fans to come and celebrate because no matter what I will stop Ayitey Powers.”
As for Powers, he reiterated his earlier promise: “This fight won’t travel far, I’m going to stop Bukom Banku in round 6, so I’m telling my fans all over to come in their numbers.”
Peter Zwennes went over the state of the issues regarding the fight vis-a-vis the statements by the Ga Traditional Authpority earlier this week who said it will not happen.
“May 15 was chosen because the following day, the Ga Traditional Council’s ban on drumming and noise making comes into force,” he started.
“We didn’t want to keep our sponsors and public waiting too long for this fight so we are urging the fans especially from Bukom and James Town to beware and not make much noise before and after the fight,” Mr. Zwennes said.
“We would ensure maximum security in and around the stadium to forestall any disturbance and let peace reign.”
Highlights of Powers-Banku May 9 presser
Video credit: AllSports
By: Gary Al-Smith/Citifmonline.com/Ghana