Former IBF lightweight champion of the world, Richard Oblitey Commey is expressing gratitude to the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) for lifting the 2-year ban placed on him earlier this year.
Commey suffered the ignominy of a punishment from the Ghanaian boxing governing body from all their organised events somewhere in April this year for apparent comments he made on US based Kpanlogo Mashi TV which the GBA described as false accusation and disparaging remarks about its executive board members.
New GBA capo, Abraham Kotei Neequaye and his able lieutenants on the executive board however took the decision to lift the ban at an emergency meeting on September 27 after several considerations including the intervention of the Ga Mantse, Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II
And Commey and his camp have quickly come out to acknowledge the GBA for the clemency offered the former world champion.
“On behalf of Richard Commey and as his manager, we would like to offer our thanks and appreciation for the lifting of his two-year ban,” wrote Michael Amoo-Bediako, UK based manager of the 34 year old Commey.
“Richard has always been proud of representing Ghana and likewise myself doing as much as I can for the country of my heritage so it’s important that we all stand together with that same purpose. We would like to put this issue firmly behind us and we look forward to working together for the greater good of Ghanaian boxing,” added Amoo-Bediako who also runs UK based Streetwise Promotions.
Commey also has a very good relationship with the overlord of the Ga state, Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II who played a significant role in interceding between the boxer and the GBA and this is also not lost on Michael Amoo-Bediako.
“We would also like to offer our profound thanks to the Ga Mantse, Nii Tackie Tsuru II and his PA, Manye Ohetse who mediated in this matter to help bring it to a satisfactory conclusion,” he said.
“We understand this is a new regime who are working hard to push Ghanaian boxing forward and to steer it to it’s rightful place at the top of Africa and world boxing,” Amoo-Bediako added on the Abraham Kotei Neequaye led Ghanaian boxing administration.
With widespread reports imminent that a fight between Commey and Ukrainian hotshot, Vasiliy Lomanchenko set to be announced for December 11 at Madison Square Garden, Amoo-Bediako hopes his countrymen will be there for the boxer in the days leading up to the bout.
“Richard has a very important fight in the USA which I will be able to confirm in the coming days and I hope all Ghanaians will be supporting our boy and cheering him to victory,” he stated.
Below is the letter from Team Commey to the Ghana Boxing Authority: