Tanzania’s Emmanuel Amos may be on enemy territory but that didn’t stop him from issuing a stern warning to Sheriff Quaye.
Quaye (20-3-1, 13 KOs) and Amos (16-5-1, 9 KOs) are slated to throw down for the vacant WBO Africa lightweight title this Friday, December 10, at the Royal Dede Golden Beach Resort at Korlegono in Accra.
The bout headlines a card dubbed “The Renaissance” by event organizers Swavy Blu Promotions in collaboration with Bronx Boxing Promotions.
“I am happy to come to Ghana to fight and I want Sherrif to know that I am ready for the fight and confident I will win,” Amos said during Tuesday’s press conference.
The underdog reiterated those words later.
“The only thing I can say is that he must take care in the ring because I am dangerous,” Amos told BoxingAfrica.com.
Amos’ trainer Mohammed Mutalemua stated, “We are here to win and this fight is very important to the career of my fighter.”
Naturally, Quaye was dismissive of his opponent’s tough talk.
“I am a warrior in Ghana just like [Amos] from Tanzania and we will meet in the ring and see what happens. I am prepared to give off my best,” he said.
“I don’t see him going past the 12 rounds and even if he does, he will return home with a problem. This fight should be a stepping-stone towards my world championship bid. I’ve had the best of preparation with good sparring sessions and that makes me ready.”
WBO Africa Supervisor Samir Captan noted the importance of the bout.
“This is an opportunity for each one of you to get into the WBO ratings and you can only achieve that by winning the belt,” Captan said.
“I wish both of you well and may the best man win on the night on a good and clean note.”
Quaye is looking forward to a second straight comeback win this year following a painful defeat to nemesis Michael ‘One Bullet’ Ansah in March. The 26-year-old Accra native returned four months later to stop Benjamin Ankrah in July.
Amos lost the chance to win the WBO Global super featherweight belt in December 2020 when he was knocked out by Jeremiah Nakathila of Namibia. He returned last April to stop debutant Baraka Joseph in three rounds.
In the other pairings, George Krampah will face Mustapha Appiah in a featherweight contest; undefeated bantamweight Selassie Gorsh will also be featured on the card against a to-be-determined opponent.
At super lightweight, Emmanuel Quartey will make his pro debut against Amadu Saidu and Moses Adjei will fight a yet to be known opponent in a bantamweight contest.
In a welterweight clash, undefeated Jacob Laryea, alias Chorkor Fire, is set to face a yet to be announced opponent.