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Ghana: Gyatabi Ready for ‘Second Coming’


Undefeated World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Global super bantamweight boxing champion, Wasiru Mohammed, has declared his readiness to stage a return to the ring after a three-and-a-half-year break.

And until his first warm-up bout, ‘Gyatabi’, as he was affectionately known in boxing circles, has returned to the gym, training rigorously under the directions of Paul Dogboe, father and trainer of former WBO world champion, Isaac Dogboe.

Gyatabi, a name bestowed on him by his idol, Azumah Nelson, was gradually carving a niche for himself to also walk on the path of his idol but it ended prematurely; ending what looked a burgeoning career due to managerial wrangling.

Before the break, he boast of 12 victories from 12 fights, 11 by way of knockout, and held the national super bantamweight title, the WBO Africa super bantamweight title and the WBO Global super bantamweight belt.

However, the Fadama-based boxer is now on the road to making a return and believes he has what it takes to get to the apex of world boxing; a place he was touted to be some years ago.

In an exclusive chat with the Times Sports, Gyatabi said his period of inactivity has given way to an intense and severe training regimen aimed at getting to the top and putting behind him his managerial and promotional squabbles with E & J Boxing Promotions, co-founded by his previous managers, Mr John Manfo and Mr Ellis Quarshigah.

“I have heard a lot of rumours about the issue. People are saying I have ditched my manager in favour of a move to the US to sign a deal with a new promoter. One thing we boxers lack is a voice to speak for us; everybody accept what comes from the manager as the gospel.”