Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo has pledged the support of his government towards the revival of boxing and other sporting disciplines in the country.
According to President Akufo-Addo, this commitment is evidenced in the 100% increase in the budgetary allocation for the Ministry of Youth and Sports this year, with dedicated funds earmarked for the development of sporting disciplines other than football.
The President made this known when a delegation, comprising the leadership of the Ghana Boxing Authority, led by its Chairman, Peter Zwennes, current and former Ghanaian boxing champions, paid a courtesy call on him at the Presidency Thursday.
With Ghana abounding in sporting talents across all fields, President Akufo-Addo noted that “unfortunately, in the last few years, it has been made to seem that football is the only sport that we are good at. It is not true.”
“We have had outstanding talents and champions in athletics, boxing, table tennis, amongst others, and it is about time we nurtured all the talents in our country to make it possible for people who have the ability and talent in these disciplines also to emerge,” he added.
The Ghana boxing entourage congratulated Nana Akufo-Addo on his election as President of the Republic and invited him formally to the “Freedom Fight Night”, slated for Saturday, March 11, at the Bukom Boxing Arena.
The President accepted the invitation saying: “I am going to disappoint my wife. She was going to take me somewhere that evening, but I am going to find time to come to Bukom.”
The Freedom Fight night will feature, lightweight world title challenger, Richard Commey, in a match against Belgium’s Hedi Slimani, for the World Boxing Council (WBC) International Silver Lightweight Title.
Fredrick Lawson will take on Jamaica’s Sakima Mullings for the WBC International Silver Welterweight Title.
Bantamweight prospect Duke “The Baby Faced Terminator” Micah will also take on Jonathan “El Fenix” Aguilar of Mexico, in a 12-round bout for the WBC International Silver Bantamweight Title.