It was a blazing night, as the Ghanaian boxers thrilled the crowd at the Grabin Guest House in Ziope during the Talent Explosion bout on Sunday, September 2, 2018.
Organized by the Volta Regional Boxing Federation, with support from the Ghana Boxing Federation and in collaboration with the Ziope Agbleza Festival Planning Committee, the night had 4 Amateur bouts between Ghana and Nigeria with 4 other local juvenile bouts.
Nigeria’s Michael Femi lost 1-2 to Ghana’s William Attoh in the Lightweight division. Attoh, who had a good night, won the first two rounds while Femi won the 3rd and final round in style. The second for the day saw David Akpo knockout James Martin in the first round after 2:47secs of boxing in the Welterweight category. The Nigerian, whose Coach saw danger looming for his boxer, threw in the towel as an uppercut got Martin wobbling.
In the last 2 Middleweight divisions, Abdul Baki Adam had a nice fight with Sylvester George which also saw the Ghanaian win 2-1 by unanimous decision. It was a hot battle right from first to the last round with jabs, hooks, uppercuts and moves in front of an electrifying audience.
The last bout of which the Nigerians were hopeful of a win, got the crowd on their feet as Shakul Samir had the better of his opponent, Habeeb Zubari. Shakul, the younger brother of the 2007 All African Games Welterweight Silver medalist, Bastie Samir, won the first two rounds with antics. Referee Elvis Robertson had to end the fight, 57secs into the third and final round as Habeeb couldn’t fight back and after a count.
The well-attended event which was also to launch the Federation’s Boxing Ring saw the presence of the DCE, David Dickson Dzorkpe, MP, Hon. Charles Agbeve and the paramount Chief of the Agotime Ziope Traditional Area, Togbe Bina Lawluvi VI.
While the Chairman of the Regional Federation, Enam Foster Dagadu expressed a desire to have many of such bouts across the region, the Member of Parliament appealed to the Federation to bring the sport to them annually during their festival. The Paramount Chief, Togbe Bina Lawluvi VI added his voice to the masses in appreciation and expression of joy for having the opportunity to host such an event.
The VRBF then recruited 5 people, who are interested in becoming Boxers and would begin to groom them for the future.