Boxing News of Wednesday, 30 December 2015
Emotions took the better side of Ghana’s bulky cruiser-weight champion, Brimah Kamoko (Bukom Banku), when moments after stopping Michael Ayitey Powers in a six-round technical knockout last Sunday morning the broke down in tears.
The otherwise manly Banku exposed his ‘softer’ side of life as tears of joy rolled down his cheeks in an ecstatic win in the ‘repeat or revenge’ 10-round contest.
And despite the winner-takes-all fight, Banku surprisingly suggested to the sponsor of the bout, Joy Industries, to include his losing friend, Powers, on the South Africa holiday trip reserved for only the winner.
The former Lightweight champion, took home an SUV Range Rover vehicle, a GH¢100,000 cash prize with a trip to South Africa to boot.
He told a post-fight interview at the Baba Yara Stadium that despite the fight, the two remained good friends and wanted the sponsors to alter the agreement to benefit Powers.
Powers eulogised Banku, wishing him well as he embarked on a dream journey to win a world title in the Cruiserweight division.
Banku, 37, is scheduled to fight Nathan Cleverly (a Briton) for the world title at a date yet to be announced.