The Ghana Boxing Authority says it did not sanction the much-advertised bout between Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko and Kenyan boxer, Nick Otieno which was supposed to have taken place on June 30 at the Bukom Boxing Emporium.
The bout was supposed to be part of Agbeko’s preparations for another march towards the world bantamweight title.
Agbeko’s Fresh King Promotions had announced that the bout would go ahead and went on to organise a mandatory weigh-in on June 29 but Otieno did not show up in Ghana.
It quickly emerged from Citi Sports’ investigations that Otieno and the Kenyan Boxing Federation were not aware of the bout and the Ghana Boxing Authority has also revealed that the bout will not go ahead as planned due to the failure of the fight organisers, Fresh King Promotions, to provide the needed documentation in relation to contracts and purses.
“The bout has not been sanctioned by the GBA and it was not sanctioned for it to go ahead on the said date of June 30. We gave Agbeko a deadline of June 27 to settle all outstanding issues with us before getting the GBA to sanction the fight. He never showed up on the date and so, the bout did not get an official go-ahead. At the weigh-in, there was no technical representative of the GBA to supervise proceedings,” said Naa Darkoaa Dodoo, spokesperson for the Ghana Boxing Authority said to Citi Sports in an interview on Tuesday.
Citi Sports contacted Fresh King Promotions for a response and the establishment confirmed that the bout had truly not been given the official green light by the GBA.
However, Fresh King Promotions said that since Agbeko needed to test himself before chasing a world title shot, he would be on the bill when Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe would fight Argentina’s Javier Chacon at the Bukom Boxing Emporium on July 22.
Agbeko is expected to get another bout in Ghana before he heads to the United States for the next stage of preparations for a world title push.