The President of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), Peter Zennes says the much-publicised bout between Braimah Kamoko a.k.a. Bukom Banku and Ayittey Powers will still come off on April 18 as sanctioned by the GBA, despite attempts by Box Office Promotions for the bout to be shifted to May 2 in response to a request by Powers.
He said the promoters did not have the authority to unilaterally fix another date without recourse to the sport’s regulatory body which sanctions all fights.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic yesterday, the GBA boss said it was up to the promoters to formally write to the GBA to make a strong case for a change of date. If that request made by the promoter is granted by the GBA, a new fight date could be proposed.
“As we speak now, we have not been formally notified of any change in date and hence the original date still stands,” Mr Zwennes said.
“As far as the GBA is concerned, we are not aware of any new date and what we have sanctioned is April 18 bout between Ayittey Powers and Bukom Banku,” je clarified.
In a surprising twist to what could be the biggest fight in Ghana in recent years, Powers announced last Thursday he had pulled out of the highly publicized bout against Bukom Banku citing spiritual reasons.
Despite breaching contractual rules and not formally informing parties in the bout, his excuse seemed to have been accepted as a new date, May 2, was immediately proposed.
In response, fight promoter, Alex Nitamoah Boakye told the Daily Graphic his outfit was yet to make the new date formal to partners, South Africa-based Super Sport and TV3.
Meanwhile, the management of Kamoko has called on Powers to make public a date of his choice and be bonded by it.
Kamoko’s manager, Kotey Neequaye Abraham, noted that a new date to be proposed by Powers must be strictly adhered to and therefore, Powers must be made to sign an undertaking to respect a date he proposes.
“We won’t tolerate this anymore, so we want Powers to take notice of that,” said an agitated Neequaye.