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Boxing News of Monday, 25 January 2016


Gbenga to Bukom Banku:I am no Local Champion!

US-based Michael “Amazing” Gbenga won’t give up on avenging his first career defeat to Braimah “Bukom Banku” Kamoko. Gbenga has issued a strong reply to the undefeated Kamoko’s dismissal of a rematch between the duo.

Gbenga initially issued a video vowing to knock Kamoko out but “Banku” would have none of it, slamming the door shut on a possible rematch against the boxer he defeated in April 2005 by citing Gbenga’s record of eight straight defeats and 14 losses in his last 15 fights.

But Gbenga has jabbed right back, delivering an uppercut to Kamoko’s enviable 28-0 record.

“Hey Banku, I say you don’t have what it takes and I will knock you out,” Gbenga began.

“Thank you for reminding me about my record! My record reflects the fact that I refuse not to be a ‘local champion.’ Instead I swim in the ocean of world champions and compete with the best in the world,” the 36-year-old Gbenga continued.

“You and I both know that it’s not about records but the opponent you fight. Who have you fought in the last five years? I have fought the best in the world, I am in shape and have more experience than you can ever gain in your next, and last ‘six years’ of your career,” Gbenga teased.

“Your show against the unfit Powers proved nothing to the world. You struggled and laboured to beat the man on two occasions, whereas I, in my first encounter, finished Powers and knocked him out,” Gbenga further pointed out.

The Nigerian-born Gbenga also took a swipe at Kamoko’s declaration that he is now targeting the biggest names in his division as he pursues a world championship.

“Don’t lie to yourself about being ready to fight on the big stage. You don’t have what it takes at the international level and I will prove it to all of Ghana by taking you to the ‘Amazing School of Boxing.’ I will knock you out,” Gbenga minced no words.

“If I don’t beat you, I will give my proceeds from the fight to charity. Let Ghana see that you have what it takes, let’s do this, prove us all wrong. But especially me, you and I know that you lost the first time we met. Only the business saved you then, now I won’t give you the chance to get help outside the ring,” Gbenga has warned Kamoko.