Coming from a family and community with no boxing history whatsoever made the decision to go into boxing a really hard one to make. I was torn between pursuing a purely academic path which people around me knew me for and boxing, a path I hadn’t previously shown any interest in.
When decision time finally came, I knew what I wanted. I wanted to be great, legendary and I didn’t want my name to die out with me. So against all odds, I chose boxing!
People around me didn’t discourage me but they didn’t encourage me either. They observed in silence. Most of them probably thought I was doing it for the fun of it but I knew what I had up my sleeves; only me.
So in October 2008, I started my first boxing lesson at the Bridge Boxing Gym under Coach Matey from Bukom and for the next six months, totally dedicated myself to it. I started out with a coach who wouldn’t take no for an answer and training mates who pushed you beyond your limit. They were all better than me at the time but I wasn’t bothered. I knew it would take time but with the world championship dreams I had in mind, I knew it wouldn’t be long before I became of one of the best locally.
Then the time came.
After six months of intense training and grueling sparring sessions as well as many refusals from my coach to join the amateur league saying I wasn’t ready, he finally decided to give me a go. What came after, shocked even me.
I went on to knock out about the first 10 guys I fought, all from Bukom; the boxing capital of Ghana that had produced so many world champions. I remember that even with my first 3 amateur fights, my coach failed to turn up early and I had to go through all those fights without him but I still pulled through; with no corner.
After six months of fighting consistently in the amateur league and many knockouts later, I was awarded the most disciplined boxer award for 2009. It wasn’t long after when I was drafted into the national amateur team of Ghana, the Black Bombers. I had to fight for a place and successfully landed a spot to represent Ghana at the World Youth Championships in Azerbaijan in April 2010. Sadly, I wasn’t able to compete since I came down with a cold and a fever once we got there but the experience i got was invaluable.
On my return, I continued to dominate the local scene and went on to win the light heavyweight championship of the African Golden Gloves amateur competition; but the amateur boxing Scene at the time was so saddled with corruption and cheating that I never got to represent Ghana again at the international level. I had Olympic dreams but my country and it’s coaches killed it with their favoritism and unfairness. So I finally made the decision to go professional.
On the 18th of June 2011, I fought my first professional fight and won by a 2nd round knockout and since then, I’ve had 15 professional fights winning all by knockout; the latest in the first round of fighting.
I have a dream to be the one of the best boxers the world has ever seen and I wake up every day and work hard towards the attainment of that dream. I believe in hard work, I’m dedicated, I believe in myself, I pray to God and I have a good team that trains me.
Doing anything in Africa takes a tad more effort and sacrifice because you don’t only fight the people in the ring, but you fight a system that keeps sucking you in but in the end, it’s all about God and believing in yourself.
I’ve come where I am in four years and most of the guys I started out with haven’t even made it into the national team yet. I wasn’t lucky. I worked hard; everyday!
My greatest challenge right now lies in combining school, which I didn’t give up on, with boxing. But I’ve come this far and only have a few months till I earn my degree.
I have a dream to be middleweight champion of the world so i train like a champion. The road so far hasn’t been easy and I know the road that lies ahead will be even more difficult. I’ve had the chance of talking to past champions of Ghana like D.K Poison, Joseph Agbeko, Joshua Clottey, Alfred Kotei and the legendary Azumah Nelson and they all believe in me but at the same time, they preach hard work and dedication to the sport.
When i fight, i don’t worry about winning or losing because I know I train hard enough to win. I just worry about my performance; I always want to look good when I win. I believe in myself and i believe in my team and I will be middleweight champion of the world!