AMATEUR BOXERS in northern Ghana have appealed to the National Sports Council (NSC) for more boxing opportunities to enable them develop
their talents and earn call-ups into the national amateur boxing team.
According to their spokesperson, Latif Sadiq, though boxers in the north have the desire of becoming world class fighters and are prepared to Ã¢â‚¬Å“kill themselvesÃ¢â‚¬Â to lift the flag of Ghana high at any amateur boxing tournament, lack of opportunities and recognition for boxers in the three Northern regions, have been a major obstacle.
Amateur boxer Latif Sadiq made these remarks in an interview with DAILY GUIDE SPORTS at the Navrongo Cinema Palace, after fighting in a triangular boxing tournament for amateur boxers from the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions.
The tournament, which is expected to be an annual event, was organized by the Dade Boxing Promotion Syndicate based in Accra, in partnership with the Upper East Regional Sports Council, with the main aim of giving the young boxing talents in Northern Ghana, the platform to shine.
According to 20-year-old Sadiq, he developed interest in the sport at the tender age of nine, after seeing his father fight at some Security Services Sports Festival and fortunately for him, his father, now a retired boxer, offered to train him to enable him achieve his ambition of becoming a world class boxer.
The bouts were fought in the light welterweight, welterweight, middleweight, featherweight, and heavyweight divisions.
Sports officers from the Ghana Prisons Service were there to scout for talents and probably attract them into the service.
Latif Sadiq, representing the Northern region, fought against Latif Adamu from the Upper West region in the first welterweight encounter and won.
The second welterweight contest was between Dawuda Issah, representing the Upper West region and Moses Kabah alias the Pride of Navrongo, representing the Upper East region.
In the North, lack of logistics and general lack of interest in boxing is a discouragement to many strong and energetic youth who wish to become boxers.
Until recently, there were no standard canvases, professional gloves and boots for young boxers to train and to fight at tournaments.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Now with the assurance of the Dade Boxing Promotion Syndicate, which is organizing tournaments in the north, some boxing clubs have started springing up and young talents being identified for grooming.
The Northern Ghana representative of the Dade Boxing Promotion Syndicate, Benjamin Lomo, also in an exclusive interview with DAILY GUIDE SPORTS, expressed satisfaction with the increasing level of interest in boxing among residents in Northern Ghana, and the way parents are encouraging their children who desire to become professional boxers.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think the North has a lot of boxing potential, who can make the region proud and make the nation proud as well, if they are given the opportunity to justify their inclusion in any of the National Amateur Boxing teams.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The North in general has always been lagging behind in many areas of the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s development, and boxing and other sporting activities are included. We will need some support to develop coaches and gyms for the youth to use.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Mr. Lomo therefore called for more attention from the National Sports Council and the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) towards the North, to enable the area to also catch up with the South, in terms of boxing and sports in general.
Previous Northern Triangular Boxing Tournaments have solely been funded by the Dade Boxing Promotion Syndicate, which, the Northern Ghana representative, disclosed to DAILY GUIDE SPORTS, has been very difficult, hence the need for support and sponsorship to make the tournament beneficial to the boxers and the boxing clubs in the area.
The last one held in Navrongo was supported by Bonvi Ghana Ltd, with energy drinks and food supplements.
The next tournament which is scheduled to take place in Tamale in the Northern Region, is expected to come off in a few months.
From Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Navrongo