By Prince Dornu-Leiku
Ghana’s Patrick Allotey is the new WBC International silver welterweight champion after claiming a unanimous points victory over Patrick Sou Toke last night in Accra. All three ringside judges scored the fight in favour of the unbeaten Ghanaian who enforced the first career loss on his Burkinabe namesake.
WBC Vice-President Houcine Houichi who is also President of ABU was on hand to decorate Allotey (now an impressive 20-0, 15 KOs) with his new belt. Afterwards, Allotey praised Sou Toke (14-1, 7 KOs) for being a good opponent but is quickly looking beyond this fight.
“The opponent was good, I won’t say he was tough but he was good and a very good test. I want to be a world champion, I can’t say when but I will work very hard for it,” the new champ told Ghanaian website SportsInGhana.com moments after his coronation.
Allotey’s win over Sou Toke was the headliner of the ‘Put up or Shut up’ bill put together by Ghanaian promotional outfit Landmark Promotions and Management Limited under the auspices of the WBC and the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA).
On the undercard, one boxer who was shut up certainly is 51 year old Simon Peter McIntosh who was given a rude awakening from his dream to still become boxing world champion after suffering a first round stoppage loss to Isaac Nettey in his first fight in nearly three years.
Many will expect this to be the last of the Nigerian born Anazor Obele, but McIntosh is calling for a rematch. “I don’t know if it was a plot against me, the referee shouldn’t have stopped the fight. I was ready to continue. I want a rematch very soon because I’m the best, Ghanaian boxing fans deserve the best,” he stated even in the humiliating defeat.
Hot prospect Sena Agbeko once again stated his case with a first round stoppage of Alani Souleyman in a Middleweight contest to improve to 10-0, 10 KOs.
Also world title chasing Rafael Mensah improved his unbeaten record to 14-0, 11 KOs following a unanimous points decision triumph over Nigerian Prince Nurudeen whilst another Nigerian based in Ghana Isaac Ekpo stopped Ghanaian Daniel Adduku in round 3 of a Light heavyweight contest.
Also victorious via a first round stoppage of his opponent is Emmanuel Omari Danso, the fighter popularly called Kwahu Tyson who has sworn to step into the shoes of hero ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson and stop his opponents as the legendary American did once upon a time. Kwahu Tyson knocked out Cudjoe Daara in their Light heavyweight championship to improve his record to 9-0, 9 KOs.
Issa Samir was also a winner on the night, capping a fine display to secure a round 3 TKO over Eric Kwardey.