New International Boxing Federation’s(IBF) Lightweight World Champion, Richard Oblittey Commey, paid a courtesy call on Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, at Jubilee House on Monday March 11.
The new IBF Lightweight champion seized the opportunity to present his title to the President of the land.
He was accompanied by the President of the Ghana Boxing Association, Peter Zwennes, and the deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Perry Curtis Okudzeto.
During the visit, President Akufo-Addo touched on the promise made by Richard Commey in 2017 about putting Ghana on the map someday and duly congratulated the young boxer for fulfilling his promise.
“I remember vividly the promise you made on the stage at the Bukom Boxing Arena, a couple of months after I became President, and you have lived up to your pledge. Well done,” he said.
The President added “The path you have trodden, despite the defeats and disappointments, you stuck to your guns knowing you had it in you to do it. It is a great story. It is a little bit my own story,” President Akufo-Addo told Richard Commey.
In his remarks to the President, Richard Commey noted that his victory “is for Ghana, for Ga Mashie, and for the whole country.”
Through his own foundation, he told the President that he was working hard to produce more world champions, adding that “we want to help them with equipment.”
He urged the government and the Ghana Boxing Association to look at issues of transparency with boxing promoters and managers, and the welfare of boxers in the country.
President Akufo-Addo was impressed with Richard Commey’s dream of assisting young boxers as well.He therefore challenged all stakeholders to play their roles in ensuring that more of these are achieved.
“It is good that you have spoken in front of the President of Association. It is for them also, with the support of the Ministry, to make sure that, in future, whatever arrangements are entered into on behalf of the boxers, are ones that balance the interests of the promoters, managers, as well as the boxers, so that the labourer becomes worthy of his hire,” President Akufo-Addo added.