BOXING was once a source of pride for Ghana, a country that has produced a disproportionate number of champions. But as the number of world-class fighters waned, citizens turned their attention – and hopes – toward the national football team.
A resurgence has been taking place recently. Last year, a new stadium seating 7,000 was built strictly for boxing. Fittingly, it’s located in capital city Accra’s tiny Bukom district, birthplace of Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey and others.
Michael Amoo-Bediako, managing director of Streetwise Management & Promotions, is one of the leaders of this renaissance. His growing stable includes lightweight Richard Commey. On March 11, Streetwise will host a triple-header in the newly built Bukom Boxing Arena. The card will feature Commey, Commonwealth champion Duke Micah and welterweight Frederick Lawson. It’s perhaps the finest card ever on Ghanaian soil; a sign that boxing’s roots will continue to bear fruit there.