Ghana: Suspension of 16 Boxers Not Witch-Hunting – Alhaji Tofiq

The Chairman of Promotions of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), Alhaji Tofiq Muritala, has moved to quell suspicions over recent suspension of 16 boxers, stating that the decision was to protect the well-being of the affected boxers.

According to the experienced boxing administrator and promoter, the decision was an activation of the GBA’s own rules to guide and promote safety among boxers.

Alhaji Tofiq’s response was in reaction to last Thursday’s announcement of two to three months suspensions unleashed by the GBA on all 16 boxers that suffered defeats in the last boxing promotion held at the Golden Beach Resort on July 8 by SWAVY BLU Boxing Promotions.

According to the GBA statement, the affected boxers suffered knockouts and technical knockouts, while others retired and would attract sanctions ranging from two to three months, commencing on July 9 and 10.

Boxers getting two months (60 days) include Bright Ayala, Aduku Nsor, Felix Mankattah, Jonas Malm and Enoch Lamptey.

Those handed three months (90 days) suspensions include Bernard Adzewoda, Sampson Quaye, David Nortey, Manaf Tetteh, Fatiou Sarouna, Prince Tetteh and Bernard Tagoe.

The rest are Moses Lartey, Albert Armah, Kofi Raymond Ansah and Seidu Amadu.

The decision has not been a popular one among a majority of boxing stakeholders most of whom have described it as a GBA witch-hunt against some stakeholders that have been at loggerheads with the current GBA administration led by Mr Kotei Neequaye.