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Boxing News of Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Source: Sammy Heywood Okine

Golden Boy Akaba loses second time in USA

Former WBC International Featherweight champion, Osumanu Akaba lost to Edner Cherry AKA Cherry Bomb in his second fight in the United States of America on Saturday hoping to realise his childhood dream to become a world champion.

Akaba. 34 lost his maiden fight in the US to Bahodir Mamadjonov of Uzbekistan on August 22 at the Lifestyle Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio, a unanimous decision after 8 rounds and it was not the same story Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania however when Akaba faced off with IBF number 11 and WBC number 5 contender, Edner Cherry in a scheduled 10-round junior lightweight contest.

32 year old Cherry (now 33-6-2, 18 KOs), a former WBC Light Welterweight challenger was up in his armoury, destroying the Ghanaian despite what appeared to be an even contest in the first round. Edner dropped Osumanu Akaba, (now 24-7, 19 KOs), three times in round two, and won by TKO at 2:15 of that round.

Experienced Akaba who loves to be called The Golden Boy, has fought among them former world champion, Ricky Burns for the Commonwealth title back in 2009 and previously also held the WBA Pan Africa Featherweight as well as WBO Interim Super Featherweight titles and twice fought in the UK for the Commonwealth belt.

He was training under coach Emmanuel Tagoe aka Akise at the Black Panthers Gym at James Town before moving to the States. Coach Akise also handles Bukom Banku.