President of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), Peter Zwenes is optimistic the Fist of Fury Fight Night League will develop boxing in the country.
The GBA late last year secured the services of a consultant, Lawyer Moses Foh Amoaning, a former President of the association to advise them on how to develop boxing in the country.
The Law lecturer, suggested the revival of the boxing league, a competition which produced budding boxers in the Amidu brothers (Abdulai and Yakubu), George Ashie and many others before financial difficulties truncated the path of unearthing talents to feed the national team and winning of laurels.
Lawyer Amoaning’s suggestion was readily embraced by the hierarchy of the boxing association and steps were taken to revive the league.
Fourteen boxing clubs registered for the Fist and Fury fight night which starts on October 12 and will run for the next 26 weeks and Mr. Zwennes is convinced it will be a success.
“The GBA commissioned a consultant to draw a corporate strategic plan to further develop boxing and thankfully, former President Moses Foh Amoaning was the man we fell on who recommended we rebrand and reintroduce the boxing league and to seek sponsorship for it,” Mr. Zwennes revealed to GhanaCrusader.com.
“We’ve had GNPC,ADB, Sports Trust Emporium come to support and we expect many others to come in to join the train make this a success.
“The boxing has the potential of developing the sport mainly because it provides a platform, an opportunity for the very young ones and budding young boxers to showcase their skill and gain entry into our national teams to feed our amateur teams for international sporting competitions.”
He added that: “With professional boxing, we derive our materials from juveniles and the amateurs. If you don’t grasp the fundamentals correctly as a juvenile as an amateur, it is difficult for you be a very good professional boxer.
“It is juveniles when they start out, who rise through the ranks, become accomplished amateurs, and then eventually turn out to be world champions.”
170 amateur boxers have registered to take part in the League and they will paid between GHS 50.00 and 1,500 for a fight.
Isaac Dogboe is expected to grace the first week of the fight night at the Bukom Boxing Arena.