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Boxing News of Monday, 26 August 2019


Duke Micah yet to know opponent less than a week to fight

Ghanaian bantamweight contender, Duke Micah, is yet to know his opponent just a week of his scheduled Premier Boxing Champions debut fight in Minnesota on Saturday.

Undefeated Micah, who is set to make a long awaited return to the ring in over a year, is billed to fight on Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions undercard after cancelling his promotional deal with now defunct Real Deal Promotions over inactivity.

The boxer, though, has accepted to fight on the Premier Boxing Champions card on August 31, which will be headlined by a clash between Erislandy Lara and Ramon Alvarez. for the vacant WBA super welterweight world title.

The unusual situation Micah finds hiumself contravenes regulations of the sport which allows for boxers to know their opponents at least three months ahead of the any bout, but the Ghanaian’s camp appears unruffled by the development.

Micah’s camp says the boxer is ready to take the challenge when any opponent is thrown at him. His decision to accept the fight at a short notice was to show his desperation to return to the ring for the first time in over 14 months having dropped from the WBO ratings due to inactivity.

In an interview with the Graphic Sports, Micah’s manager, Michael Amoo-Bediako, said his client was preparing for Saturday’s clash in Minnesota but was unaware of who he would eventually fight.

“I can confirm to you that Duke Micah will be fighting on Saturday in Minnesota against a yet-to-be announced opponent,” he said.

The 27-year-old New York-based Ghanaian fighter will make his third outing in the United States of America having defeated Jose Santos Gonzalez and Thomas Snow in his first two bouts.

Micah earned a majority decision victory over Jose Santos Gonzalez and Thomas Snow to defend his WBC International bantamweight title in 2017 and 2018, respectively, in the United States.