A banner year for undefeated featherweight prospect Alfred Lamptey got even better on Friday night–albeit with little resistance.
The 19-year-old Lamptey (10-0, 8 KOs) did what he had to do against an overmatched opponent, scoring a dubious second-round TKO of Emmanuel Otoo (3-3, 3 KOs) in the mismatch main event of a card organized by Box Office Sports in conjunction with Probellum at Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra.
Lamptey dropped Otoo in both rounds with body shots, the one in the second forcing the bout’s end. In short, Otoo appeared far more interested in cashing his check than he did in earning it.
Sadly, such bouts are all too common in Ghana, to the extent that Boxrec.com, the sport’s official record keeper, ranks the country among the most corrupt in the sport.
With the victory, Lamptey adds the national featherweight title to the WBC Youth silver and WBO Youth super featherweight titles he won in July.
On the undercard, Musah Lawson (6-0, 6 KOs) scored a first-round KO over Vitus Kemavor (11-6-0, 8 KOs) to win the national super welterweight title.
Jacob Dickson (8-0, 7 KOs) won a 12-round unanimous decision win over Stephen Abbey ( 15-18-0, 11 KOs) to capture the national cruiserweight title.
In yet another mismatch, the once-touted lightweight George “Red Tiger” Ashie (32-5-1, 24 KOs) won a dubious looking second-round KO of the 0-3 Raymond Kofi Ansah (yes, that is actually his record). Ansah needed only a few minutes to find a comfortable place to rest on the mat (see knockout below, and the incredulous responses to the video).
George Ashie (32-5-1, 24 KO's) with the KO victory over Kofi Raymond Ansah (8-27) in their light welterweight bout in Accra, Ghana
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Ashie then called out rival US-based Emmanuel “Gameboy” Tagoe for a rematch of their 2012 encounter which Tagoe won via split decision.
“The only fight I want now is with Emmanuel Tagoe and everyone in the country knows that,” Tagoe said.
“I don’t think he won the first fight and I have been calling him out all these years. Let’s do this.”
Tagoe, who is currently vacationing in Ghana and sat ringside for the card, entered the ring sand readily accepted the challenge.
“This fight has been long overdue. I am ready for it now and I want the promoters to take notice and make it happen,” said Tagoe.
“I haven’t been able to get fights since relocating to the US so this is the right time for the fight to happen.”
Lightweight Michael “One Bullet” Ansah (21-10-2, 15 KOs) followed up his big win over Sheriff Quaye last March with a second-round TKO over Nathaniel Nukpe (13-9-1, 13 KOs).
In another horrific example of matchmaking, Maxwell Awuku (48-5-1, 33 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Moses Dodzi (3-9) in a six-round lightweight contest.