Referee Amankwah raises the two female boxers? hands, declaring the bout a draw

A befitting boxing fiesta was held in honour of the late Professor J.E.A.  Mills at the RLG/Hathiramni Hall of the Accra Stadium last Friday evening.

The program, arranged by the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF), featured 12 bouts, but the one that left indelible impressions on the minds of many, including American nationals, was the Rose Awatey/Emelia Appiah bout.

Awatey defied the disadvantages of her diminutive figure to prove equal to the evening?s task, drawing frequent applause from the stands. The fight, however, failed to produce a winner as the technical team after a popular acclamation, scored it a draw.

In like manner, the Laura Mc-Gough/Jerry Lartey exhibition fight ignited the hall after the combatants had succeeded in displaying some great body swerves and occasional jabs.

Michael Dodoo overpowered Isaac Taylor 5-0 in their lightweight bout, while Samuel Yaw Dodoo lost 0-5 to Abdul Wahid in their Bantamweight event.

The catch weight category saw Olympian Suleman Tetteh conquering Annan Ampiah 5-0, with Patrick Aryee surrendering 1-4 to Isaac Sackey in the lightweight event.

It was Robert Quaye who stood tall in the welterweight division after recording an impressive 5-0 win over Promise Sogbe, while Jessie Lartey thrashed Bright Ayala 12-4 in another lightweight category.

A closely contested bout between Jibril Ahmed and Emmanuel Quarshie in the catch weight division saw the former winning 15-14, while Benjamin Lamptey lost narrowly (8-9) to Musah Lawson in their light welterweight contest.

Emmanuel Martey defeated Sadiq Latif with a 6-3 score in their light heavy weight match, while Abubakar Quartey had a walk over in his fight against Seth Ankrah.

President of GABF Ambassador Ray Quarcoo was not present due to fatigue but his financial support saw an impressive boxing night.

He said in a pre-tournament interview that the initiative was to achieve a two-pronged mission- to give the late Prez Mills a befitting memorial tourney, which would be held annually and to keep the boxers on their toes ahead of future events.

A minute?s silence was observed in honour of the departed president.

 By Kofi Owusu Aduonum

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