Boxing philanthropist Alhaji Inusah Sally has cautioned people who talk negatively about Ghana boxing to contribute meaningfully or shut up.
Speaking at a media gathering in his Accra office to launch a documentary on Joseph Awinongya Jr., a USA-based, Ghanaian-born 12-year-old amateur boxer, Sally passionately appealed to those who do not invest in boxing but are quick to criticize managers, boxers and coaches to put their money where their mouth is.
One of the key figures behind International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Azumah Nelson, Sally pointed out that becoming a champion and remaining on top are two different things altogether. He said Awinongya is doing well because he is in an environment where everything is moving right and he is well kept by those who love what he is doing.
Nelson said boxing is for gentlemen and parents should help their kids find their talent and develop it.
“If you buy many toys for your kid, you can see the ones that he or she plays most with and you will know what they like,” he stated.
Nelson also urged the government to invest in the amateur level, so that they can turn out fully baked professional boxers who will not go out to disgrace the nation.
“There are many people walking around town jobless with papers called certificates and most of them are wasting their talent,” Nelson noted.
He advised Joseph Awinonyga Jr. to stay and train in the USA, and even don the USA colors at international competition, but visit his roots whenever he gets the opportunity.
Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) president George Lamptey, Coach Carl Lokko of the Bronx Boxing Gym at James Town and boxing manager cum GFA exco member Samuel Anim Addo were some of the guests invited for the event which was organized by Mohammed Amin Lamptey, former communication director of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA).