Trainer Andre Rozier has emphatically refuted claims made by Duke Micah regarding Streetwise Management CEO, Michael Amoo-Bediako.
In an interview with BoxingAfrica.com, which was published December 16, 2020, Ghana’s Micah made several inflammatory comments with respect to why he suffered a third-round TKO defeat at the hands of WBO World Bantamweight Champion John Riel Casimero on September 26, 2020.
Among other things, the 29-year-old Micah claimed that his trainer, the US-based Rozier, informed him that Amoo-Bediako, who manages Micah, was “cheating” the fighter.
“I realized my manager was cheating me by the amount of money he was taking from my fight check,” Micah said. “People like Andre Rozier confirmed that to me when I complained, so I took the decision to stop [Amoo-Bediako] from coming closer to me and that was why he wasn’t at my fight with Casimero.”
In a January 6, 2021, email to BoxingAfrica.com, UK-based Valemus Law, which represents Amoo-Bediako, listed the various accusations made by Micah, concluding said list by stating, “The allegations made in the above Article are untrue and highly defamatory of our client.”
Amoo-Bediako, through his lawyers, said he is still considering taking legal action against Micah for his defamatory comments.
Rozier also took umbrage at Micah’s comments. BoxingAfrica.com has obtained a copy of an email from the trainer, dated December 30, 2020. In this correspondence, Rozier writes:
“First and foremost, please don’t include me in any of Duke Micah’s accusations. I didn’t agree or formally correspond to any of his comments. This has been a ridiculous and negative circumstance.”
In that same article, Micah (24-1, 19 KOs) also alleged that his contract with Amoo-Bediako had expired and that he was now a free agent. This too was discredited as Patrick Johnson, General Secretary of The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), said:
“I can tell you on authority that Duke Micah has a valid contract with Streetwise Management.”
Amoo-Bediako also manages former world lightweight champion Richard Commey. Commey is set to make his ring return on Saturday, February 13, versus Jackson Marinez in Las Vegas, Nevada, live on ESPN.
Micah, who hasn’t fought since suffering his first pro defeat to the aforementioned Casimero, is currently in Ghana.