The rematch is on! Bastie Samir has granted Braimah Kamoko, better known as “Bukom Banku”, a rematch, slated for June 30 in Accra, Ghana’s Bukom Boxing Arena.
The two boxers signed off on the fight in front of the press on Thursday afternoon at the Old Kingsway, opposite the Usher Fort, in Accra.
Their first encounter occurred in October 2017 in front of a capacity crowd at Bukom Boxing Arena and was a quality affair. The same is expected in the rematch.
Samir (16-0-1, 15 KOs) handed Kamoko his first loss in that bout, battering the 37-year-old until the fight was halted in the seventh round. Kamoko (29-1, 22 KOs), who briefly flirted with retirement, says he’s back for revenge, even foretelling of a rubber match in the future.
“I thank Bastie Samir for giving me a rematch,” he said on Thursday. “I admit I lost the first bout, but I want to tell Samir that my loss was of my own doing. This time he is not going to have his way. When I beat him there will be a third fight to settle matters.”
Samir, on the other hand, was a man of few words as always. He did, however, promise to deliver more of the same in the rematch.
“I won the first fight and I will beat him again in the rematch,” he declared. “I will not talk plenty. My fans should rest assured that Kamoko will go down again.”
Kamoko is a folk hero in Bukom, and is arguably the largest boxing draw in Ghana today. 31-year-old Samir is a former amateur standout who was once signed to Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. He returned to Ghana last year and immediately made waves, defeating Kamoko in what ranks as by far the finest victory of his career.