It was a night of education in fitness, commitment and self-control at the Nicholson Stadium at Burma Camp as the Ghana Navy team was adjudged the overall champions in the 2018 Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Inter-services boxing competition.
The Navy secured a total of 21 points from seven victories in 14 bouts to emerge winners.
Middleweight boxer CPL Anatu Mohammed of the Ghana Army team won the Best Female Boxer while Lightweight boxer ABI Abi Adzartey Alfred was adjudged the Best Male Boxer of the two-day event.
The competition was conducted under the International Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) rules with three rounds for each bout.
Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Issifu Sakib Kadri, a former Commandant at the Ghana Armed Forces and Staff College, who was the special guest, said the competition is a way to unearth talent for Ghana.
“Besides achieving our strategic objectives,” he noted, “one of the benefits of this year’s Inter Service Boxing Competition is to enable the Ghana Armed Forces unearth national sports talents capable of representing the country at the International level.”
“In the past, the Ghana Armed Forces was well noted in this regard with some of its boxers achieving laurels for the country. Notable among them is EX WOI Tijani Moro (Pride of the Armed Forces) of the Ghana Air Force who won bronze in boxing for Ghana in the 1994 Commonwealth Games held in Victoria, Canada.
“He later became National Super Featherweight champion in 2000. Let’s therefore see this as our modest contribution to boxing development in the country,” he added.
The night of superb antics in boxing came up with 5 knock-outs and a single walk away in the first bout for ABI Atobrah GK also known as the Miracle Boxer in the lightweight division.
ACII Sehsie Gamel and his team threw in the towel and gave the bout to ABI Quarshie Emmanuel in the middleweight division.
However, heavyweight boxer Dodoi Larry of the Air Force was given an award as the best loser.
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