Undefeated top-rated bantamweight Duke Micah of Ghana is eyeing a ring return as the 2012 London Olympian has parted ways with former promoters Real Deal Boxing.
Micah (22-0, 18 KOs) is currently ranked number nine by the WBC. The Ghanaian was formerly highly rated by other sanctioning bodies but inactivity caused by issues beyond Micah’s control forced those organizations to drop him.
Now a promotional free agent, Micah is eyeing some of the world’s biggest names, having joined forces with New York-based trainer Andre Rozier.
“Firstly I always have to thank God and my manager Michael Amoo-Bediako Sr. for giving me these opportunities and giving me the chance to train with Andre Rozier in America,” said Micah. “Andre is an amazing trainer and he has made me such a better fighter since I have been with him. I have become a much-improved fighter and it will show when I return to the ring as a completely changed boxer.
“I also want to thank them both for helping sort out the issues around my career and I am now excited to move forward and become world bantamweight champion like I believe I can do.
“I believe that I am one of the most exciting bantamweights on the planet and if I am given the opportunity to show off my skills then I will show the world that I am the present and the future of the bantamweight division. I will fight anyone at bantamweight it doesn’t bother me I just want to become world champion and I will fight the likes of [Naoya] Inoue and [Nonito] Donaire if I needed too.”
Rozier is excited by what he’s seen in the gym thus far.
“Duke is a world class fighter who lives in the gym,” said Rozier, who also trains IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey and former champion Daniel Jacobs, among others. “He is always working hard in the gym and always improving. He still spars world class fighters on a regular basis and I believe he will follow in the footsteps of stablemate and fellow countryman Richard Commey in becoming a world champion.”
Micah manager Amoo-Bediako Sr. added, “Duke has had an unfortunate 12 months but that is behind him now and our plan is to get him straight back into all of the world ratings and work towards getting him an opportunity at the world bantamweight title.
“It was a natural move to make to link Duke up with Andre Rozier who has done an amazing job with Richard Commey and those are the footsteps I want Duke to follow in, and I truly believe he will accomplish a world title like Richard.
“Duke is a tremendous talent who can punch and can box and fight fans all over the world will love his style. He is not one for the future he is one for the present so we will be looking to keep Duke active as he works towards gaining a shot at a world title.”