It’s Ghana vs. Namibia and the fighters are ready! Ghana’s Emmanuel “Game Boy” Tagoe and Namibia’s Paulus “Hitman” Moses both made weight for Saturday night’s showdown at Bukom Boxing Arena.
The headliner for the maiden edition of Asamoah Gyan Fight Night, is scheduled for 12 rounds, with the WBO Africa lightweight title on the line.
Tagoe weighed 134.5lbs to Moses’ 133lbs. Both fighters looked in excellent condition and both are in search of redemption.
Tagoe, 29, 28-1(14 KOs), was stripped of his IBO world lightweight title earlier this year after failing to defend against his mandatory. The much-maligned southpaw has been criticized for the quality of his opposition—or lack thereof.
Part of that is his own doing. However, by simply stepping up versus Moses, he silences a lot of critics. A decisive victory, however, is what he’s in search of.
Moses, 40-4 (25 KOs), is coming off a failed world title bid in February, when he dropped a close unanimous decision to Ray Beltran for the vacant WBO world 135lb. title. Despite the defeat, the former WBA world champion proved he was still formidable, even at 40. The fight was up for grabs heading into the championship rounds. And while most believe Beltran pulled away at that point, more than a few observers thought the fight could have been declared or a draw or even gone the other way.
The question is, how much does he have left? Plenty, according to the Namibian. Tagoe intends to find out in what is expected to be the toughest bout of his career and a genuine 50-50 fight going in.
In undercard action, Michael Ayittey ‘Powers’ Okine will take on comedian Baba Spirit.
In super feather action, Michael Pappoe faces Malik Jabir.
Pappoe Allotey meets Robert Quaye in a lightweight bout.
Lightweights Sheriff Quaye and Michael Ansah will square off.
Raphael King faces Aziz Quartey in a super lightweight contest.