Three of the 6 boxers from the Volta region of Ghana exited at the quarter-final at the just ended national Individual Championship at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The 3-day championship which was begun on Thursday, October 4 and extended to Monday, October 8 saw Captain Prosper Afagbedzi, Holy Dorgbetor and Bernard Adzewoda reach the last eight in the Bantamweight, Lightweight and Light Welterweight division respectively.
The championship which was to select boxers into the Black Bombers team after the previous team which participated in the Australia 2018 Olympic Games was dissolved also saw Osei Maxwell, who faced a fellow Volta opponent Ameyaw Confidence reach the last 16 stage in the Middleweight division.
Veku Prosper and Agbo Wisdom who joined the Volta contingent also lost out to Daniel Oduro and Shakul Samir in the Welterweight and Middleweight categories.
Meanwhile, Last year’s Lightweight silver medalist at the National Sports Festival, Nana Antwi was beaten by Accra based Charles Tetteh in the preliminaries of the bantamweight. Nana Antwi tells Herosportsgh.com, he wasn’t getting time to train after he was promoted to JHS 3.
Head Coach Sadick Abubakar Akake was impressed with the entire performance of the team, believing their time to make it to the Black Bombers is near.
“My captain was supposed to make the national team because he is very good although he lost. In all, I think we have made a great impact at the championship and hope to get there very soon. We are only lacking financial muscle and enough training facilities. Should we get those intact, We will always triumph over Accra boxers anytime any day. For the Black Bombers, we will have Volta boxers in soon.”
The Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) have however selected winners of each of the 10 weight divisions into the Black Bombers team which include Super Heavyweight’s Felix Agboletey, Light Heavyweight’s Issah Inusah, Light Welterweight’s Jessey Lartey, Light Flyweight’s Theophilus Allotey, and Flyweight’s Abraham Mensah.
The rest are Samuel Y Addo for Bantamweight, Abdul Wahid Omar for Lightweight, Abubakar Quartey for Welterweight, Mussah Rahman Lawson for Middleweight and Anani Kutsoke for Heavyweight.
According to the President of the GBF, George Lamptey, all losing finalists will also be invited to camp for preparations to Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The championship saw about 105 boxers from Greater Accra, Volta, Upper West, Central and Ashanti regions participating.