The much-publicized Bukom Banku-Ayittey Powers bout rescheduled for May 15, has been cancelled, a release signed by Nii Dodoo Nsaki II, acting president of the Ga Traditional Council, has stated.
It debunked media reports that it had consented to the rescheduled date of May 15, stating that it falls within the Traditional Lent period and the ban on noise-making would still be in force on the said date.
‘The Ga Traditional Council wishes to advise panelists on various sporting programmes in the electronic media to desist from the attitude of berating Ga Traditional leaders due to their stance of disallowing such an event during the traditional period for a ban on drumming and noise making,’ the release stated.
It added, ‘We of the Ga Traditional Area see this period as what makes us a people with a heritage. Much more, the period offers us the unique opportunity to commune appreciably with God, the creator.’
Attempts by DAILY GUIDE SPORTS to reach fight promoter Alex Ntiamoah were unsuccesful.
Earlier, the cruiserweight boxers threatened to boycott the clash until the fight promoters meet their fresh financial demands.
The two boxers demanded an additional GH¢30,000 each in addition to the agreed GH¢20,000 each per the contract.
‘As for the fight, it will come on, but unless they give us ¢50,000 each that is ¢500million old currency, we won’t fight. This is a big fight Ghanaians are looking forward to, we are not cheap boxers,’ Banku said in an interview.
Until their latest financial demand, the fight had stoked controversies following one reason or the other, the latest being the Ga Traditional Council’s instruction to change the May 16 date because it falls within the Council’s ban on noise making date.
One of GBA’s Executives Alhaji Tawfiq condemned the boxers’ stating that their attitude could further kill interest in the fight, which had suffered two postponements.
‘These boxers don’t know what they are doing, they don’t know their actions will incur the displeasure of the GBA, which can take serious actions against them.
‘A contract is a contract, and when you agree to sign, then you have to respect the terms. They signed for GH¢20,000, the biggest purse in Ghana’s boxing history. I am sure somebody is pushing the two boxers, hence the demand for additional wage. They have killed the interest in the fight,’ said Tawfiq.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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