Bukom Banku

Bukom Banku

Enigmatic, mercurial and lead-mouthed boxer Braimah Kamoko, affectionately called Bukom Banku, faces perhaps the most challenging boxing engagement of his career when he comes face to face with his childhood friend and sworn-foe, Ayitey Powers, in a non-title bout slated for May 2, 2014 in the regional capital ? Accra.

The epic cruiserweight clash which is expected to be watched by an estimated 2.9 million people on the continent with 10,000 moving in droves to the Accra Sports Stadium to witness the much-anticipated sparkling fight christened ?The Judgement Night?. The duo, arguably the most fascinatingly colourful characters in the country at the moment, all have a lot to prove in terms of action, after months of chanting, taunting, boasting and bragging.

Bukom Banku, who triples as a boxer, actor and musician with an undefeated record of 26 wins, (KO 20), with 131 rounds boxed and an impressive 76.92% by way of knockouts. He had his professional debut on August 5, 2006 by defeating Anyetei Sowah. He rose to prominence by winning a bronze medal in the heavyweight category of the 1999 All-African games in South Africa. He is the current holder of the World Professional Boxing Federation Light Heavyweight belt (WPBF), as well as the interim WBO Africa Light Heavyweight belt. At every turn on his way up the ladder, he stripped champions of their belts. Famed for his antics, he was the one who battered Argentine hope, Hector Javier Velazco, after subjecting the former WBO super middleweight to ten rounds of utter punishment until the corner-men finally threw in the towel, pummeled Namibian Vikapita Merono and stopped Uruguay?s Jorge Rodriguez Olivera.

Thirty-three year old, Australia based Michael ?Ayitey Powers? Okine, has an unimpressive record of 42 fights, 18 wins (KO 14), lost 23 times (KO 6) and drawn 1.  ?Ayitey Powers? has not won a fight since June 2012 when he defeated Musah Abubakari. He has lost six consecutive fights to Australians Blake Caperello, Daniel Baff, Daniel Ammann and Mark Flannagan. He also lost to Nigerian, Isaac Ekpo and fellow compatriot George Bamson. Ayitey ?Powers? has promised to knock ?verbose? Bukom Banku down in the sixth round, a belief corroborated by his technical team made up of Rashid Williams, a veteran trainer, coach killer and the brother of Azumah Nelson, Sagacious. This has compelled Bukom Banku to publicly declare his knockout line not advancing beyond round 7.

Though there is no title at stake, the heat generated by the fight demonstrates that Ghana has the key to open bigger doors for big fights and big events. The two loud-mouthed boxers have been engaging in media war over the past months which have caught the attention of Ghanaians who are yearning to witness the bout. The bout is expected to attract a capital injection of GHC 150,000, which could represent the biggest investment in a local bout. The huge investments cover the purse of the two boxers which runs close to GHC 60,000, with the winner taking not less than GHC 20,000. The presence of rival dancehall artistes ?Samini? in the camp of Bukom Banku and ?Shatta Wale? in the camp of Ayitey Powers, which will buoyed by songstress ?Sala?, is expected to add gaiety to the events that will unfold on the ?Good Friday Night?.

The venue of attraction is the Accra Sports Stadium. The boxers have vowed to sell out an exciting boxing bout to Ghanaians to make up for the huge publicity that the fight has generated. Who assumes the bragging rights to be the king of Bukom and Ghana boxing? Join me as we witness the two loud-mouthed boxers battering and pummeling each other. In case, you can?t make it to the venue, you can still monitor proceedings in the comfort of your home on your television set. The bout will be produced and broadcast live by Supersport Africa on the DSTV and Go TV networks, and on TV3, the official local Ghanaian free-to-air broadcaster.

Who wins the night? Your guess is as good as mine.

Source:  Godfred Budu Yeboah/ghanafans

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