2017 was a better year for six Ghanaian boxers as their performance have created some decent opportunities for them in the coming year.
Ghanacrusader.com has selected the best six Ghanaian boxers and they are , Isaac Dogboe, Richard Commey, Habib Ahmed, Duke Micah, Rafael Mensah and Bastie Samir.
Read why they made it into our list.
1. Isaac Dogboe
Dogboe in 2017 fought only once that was against Javier Chacon when he defended his WBO international super bantamweight strap. He won via a convincing KO in round seven. Due to that display the Ghanaian moved to number two in the WBO ranking.
He will face number one rated Cesar Juarez on January 6th for the interim WBO world super bantamweight belt. The winner will face regular WBO world super bantamweight champion Jesse Magdaleno who is currently injured.
2. Richard Commey
After back to back loses in 2016, Commey bounced back in 2017 to defeat Hedi Slimani to win the WBC international silver lightweight belt. Commey has been among the top ten lightweight boxers in the world. He is ranked number four by the IBF and number four by the WBC.
On February 10, 2018, Commey will face Alejabdro Luna in an IBF lightweight eliminator, the winner will face belt holder Robert Easter Jr.
3. Habib Ahmed
Habib Ahmed carved a niche for himself in 2017 by winning the vacant WBO Africa super middleweight belt after he decisioned Philip Kotey.
Ahmed is now among the top ten in the WBO ranking – he is ranked number four. On February 3, 2018, he will challenge reigning WBO World super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez.
4. Duke Micah
The former Olympian was one of the promising fighters in 2017. He is still undefeated after 20 pro fights. In 2017 he won the WBC international bantamweight belt when he stopped Jonathan Aguilar in round eight. In his USA debut later in the year he defeated Mexico’s Jose Santos Gonzalez via a majority decision to defend his WBC belt.
5. Rafael Mensah
Undefeated Mensah fought three times this year and he was superb in those fights. He is ranked number two by the WBA in the super featherweight division.
He will be challenging Alberto Machado next year for the latter’s WBA World super featherweight – Mensah recently inked with Don King Promotions.
6. Bastie Samir
No doubt, the most talked boxer in Ghana now is Bastie Samir. The former Olympian was in the headlines after beating loud-mouth Brimah ‘Bukom Banku’ Kamoko.
Samir didn’t only beat Banku but he taught him some boxing lessons. He battered and stopped Banku in round seven in their scheduled cruiserweight contest.