Boxing News of Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Source: Sammy Heywood Okine

Raymond Narh - Ghana’s boxing shining star

Boxing expert, Ataa Eddie Pappoe has described US based Raymond Narh as the brightest star in boxing who can bring great glory by claiming any of the world titles.

Speaking on GTV Sports Beat Show hosted by George Lartey, Ataa Eddie who is also an international boxing referee / judge noted that Narh is the finest boxer from Ghana currently and his managers must use their influence to get him a title shot.

According to Pappoe, Raymond Narh is the most stylist and well crafted boxer with much experience and the big name to win a world crown.

Narh fought and won against Ronald Cruz in a10-round welterweight fight on Friday June 14, at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.The match-up was part of a triple header telecast on NBC Sports Network Fight Night. The Narh-Cruz contest was part of the big NBC Sports Network Fight Night series tripleheader. On top were a pair of-world class fights featuring heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, of Philadelphia, PA, against Andrey Fedosov, of Shuya, Russia, in a 10-round contest and Sergey Kovalev, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, against Cornelius White, of Houston, TX, in a 12-round fight for the No. 1 slot in the IBF world light-heavyweight rankings.

Narh, 34, steped in for Jaime Herrera, of Franklin Park, ILwho suffered a lower back injury last three weeks while training to face Cruz. He will be on the shelf for six weeks.

A pro since 2001, Narh is now 26-2, 21 knockouts, but has not fought since May 7, 2011, when he was stopped in three rounds by Mike Alvarado, of Denver, CO, on the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. Born and bred in Ghana, Narh won the vacant Pennsylvania lightweight title in 2006 when he stopped Ramazan Paliani in the loser's Philadelphia backyard. He also has wins over former WBA featherweight champion Freddie Norwood, of St. Louis, MO, and Steve Quinonez, of Palm Springs, CA.

Cruz, 26, of Bethlehem, has not boxed since Sept. 21, 2012, when he lost for the first time, dropping a 10-round split decision to Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL, at the Sands. His record is now17-2, 12 K0s.

Raymond Narh was once named SWAG Sports Personality of the Year, and has since promised his local fans the world title.

The 2000 Olympic Games boxer who represented Ghana in Sydney Australia has launched shot at any of the big name fighters like Floyd Mayweather Jnr, Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley among others to face him in his desire to become a world champion for Ghana soon after his 26thcareer win.