Undefeated super featherweight Joshua Wahab Oluwaseun overcame a slow start to stop Emmanuel Allotey in six rounds Sunday night at Jamestown’s City Engineers Yard in Accra.
It was Oluwaseun’s first bout in 18 months and the ring rust showed. He and Allotey fought on even terms until Oluwaseun’s right found the sweet spot on Allotey’s chin. However, the Ghana-based Nigerian fighter was not happy with his performance.
“It was a very tough fight and I have to admit that I really suffered in the opening minutes,” Oluwaseun told BoxingAfrica.com after his win. “I was affected by ring rust having been out of the ring for over 18 months. This kind of opponent motivates me to continue working hard in the gym.
“I have to admit that the preparation for this fight too wasn’t really intense and that nearly cost me but I have learnt my lessons and moved on.”
It was a difficult night for Oluwaseun, who last fought in his homeland against Friday Fatunji Felix in September 2019. That bout ended in a second-round knockout win for Oluwaseun.
Many expected a similar outcome Sunday night in this Don’s Promotions show. Oluwaseun (20-0, 12 KOs) was busy in the first but Allotey was up to the task, firing back.
In the second, Oluwaseun worked the jab from a distance. Allotey pressed forward, continuing to fire power shots though with little success.
Action broke out in the third as Oluwaseun, now warmed up, focused his attack on Allotey’s body. Allotey attempted to fight back but spent much of the frame clinching in close quarters.
Following the fifth, Oluwaseun’s corner implored their boxer to up the pace and go on the attack. The fighter obliged. The end came in the sixth, when a powerful right cross dropped Allotey. Allotey’s failure to respond prompted referee May Mensah Akakpo to call off the bout.
“I had to take my time to get my moment and I am glad I took my chance when the chance came,” Oluwaseun said.
Oto Joseph of Nigeria knocked out Anama Dotse in a lightweight commonwealth eliminator over three rounds.
British fighter Lee McAllister stopped Korley Collison of Ghana in round three to win the PBC inter-continental super welterweight title.
Ghana’s Richard Ashong lost to Craig Dick of England in two rounds in their international cruiserweight contest.
In an international cruiserweight contest, Britain’s Danny Mcintosh finished off Ibrahim Marshall in one round.
Atta Kofi of Ghana was knocked out by United Kingdom’s Allan Kenny in one round.