The pre-bout activities by middle heavyweight Ayittey Powers and his rival Bukom Banku, have heightened as both boxers appear to be invoking the names of important spiritual personalities both within and outside the country.
Last week, Ayittey Powers stormed Sabon Zongo in Accra assuring residents that he was very much part of the place, having been raised among Zongo residents in Accra.
Even in this part of Accra, he did not spare his opponent some challenging remarks such as “Most of my friends hail from the Zongo community. Bukom Banku should not think that he has monopoly over the Zongo community.”
Continuing, he said, “Zongo is my second home. Some 90 percent of my friends come from the Zongo. My visit to the Zongo today is to maintain the relationship that has existed between us and to seek your prayers in the impending fight. Bukom Banku should not think that he is the only person from the Zongo community. I am also from that part of the city.”
The two boxers have been engaged in war of words for some time now. Earlier, Ayittey Powers had visited Prophet T.B. Joshua in Nigeria, which made significant headlines in town.
Prophet Ebenezer Adarkwa (Opambour), upon hearing about the TB Joshua factor, opened his door to Bukom Banku, even as he was preparing to visit the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu.
The date for their earlier fight had been rescheduled at the instance of Ayittey Powers who claimed that that date was not in his interest as prophesied by Prophet TB Joshua.
The fight had been rescheduled for May 16. Many Ghanaians want to see what would happen when the two pugilists lock horns on the said date.
Both boxers have activated their spiritual activities.
The Zongo communities in Accra are made up of Sabon Zongo; Zongon Kadiri, near the General Post Office; Tudu, Nima, Fadama, Madina, Lagos Town or Accra New Town, Zabarma Line, Sukura and other areas, established and populated by mostly Muslims from diverse ethnic groupings bound by a commonness of religion and the Hausa language.