An outdooring was held at Alhaji Inusah’s Accra office for 12-year-old Joseph Awinongya, a US-based boxing phenom of Ghanaian descent, whose documentary, “Fight in America – The Movement 2020” is set to premiere in March.
Among those present were boxing legend Azumah Nelson, trainer and Ghana Boxing Authority deputy technical director Lawrence Carl Lokko. Ghana Boxing Federation president George Lamptey, Baby Jets Promotions exec Samuel Anim-Addo and Ghana boxing star Bastie Samir.
Inusah commended the Awinongya’s father, Joseph Awinongya Sr., for supporting his son and helping him to discover and develop his talent at a young age. He said the best boxers love training, which is the best medicine in sports, hence how champions like Azumah Nelson were able to defend their title for many years.
Nelson agreed and advised the rising boxing star to stay in America to train, and to only occasionally visit his roots in Ghana as conditions in the country are not the best, according to the International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee.
Nelson urged all Ghanaians to support Awinongya even if he were to wear USA colors.
Awinongya is already a veteran of many US amateur boxing competitions. At age two, Awinongya began watching his father box. He first picked up gloves himself at age five.
Awinongya is a two-time USA Boxing Junior Olympics National Champion, a two-time Silver Gloves National champion and a USA National Champion. In all, he’s won seven National Championship titles.