Boxing News of Friday, 25 October 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) has banned boxing promoter and match-maker, Solomon Otoo Lartey, for four years and withdrawn his licence during the period.
This follows the outcome of investigations by the GBA that pointed to his tacit involvement as the main architect behind the mock bout between Ghanaian Frank Dodzie and Algerian Nasreddine Dahou staged at the D.G. Hathiramani Hall of the Accra Sports Stadium on September 30.
His co-conspirators, Joseph Kweifio and Michael Patterson, both promoters and match-makers, have also been banned for two years with their licences suspended. All punitive measures took effect from October 1, according to the association’s secretary, Patrick Johnson.
The boxer, Frank Dodzies will be reprimanded by the GBA as an accomplice in the scandal, while the conduct of Dahou and his managers will be reported to the World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth Championship Committee at the forthcoming Annual WBC Convention scheduled for Bangkok, Thailand.
Dodzie’s cornerman, Marcel Nii Amu Tetteh, who tried to enter the ring and ordered the referee to stop the bout has been banned until further notice, an investigative committee report stated. The committee also commended Mr Robert Okai , Dodzie’s coach, who, unaware of the machinations going-on, urged his fighter on to win on merit.
According to the investigative committee report, referee Michael Neequaye failed to comply with the rules when he should have relied on the signal from the chief corner man and not from either of the two boxers corner.
According to reports, during round three of the bout, Dodzie knocked down Dahou, who fell to the canvass motionless, but strangely enough, Dodzie’s corner threw in the towel and the referee, Michael Neequaye, ironically raised the hand of Dahou as the champion.