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It is very disappointing that Ghana has no world champion – Joseph Agbeko

Former 2-time world champion, Joseph Agbeko has conveyed his disappointment regarding Ghana’s persistent inability to produce a reigning world boxing champion.

According to the former IBF bantamweight titlist, the nation boasts an abundant reserve of exceptional talent within the boxing fraternity.

Agbeko firmly believes that injecting substantial investments into the sport will undoubtedly yield a bountiful crop of boxing superstars for the country to celebrate.

Speaking candidly about the prevailing status of world champions hailing from Ghana, Agbeko expressed a sentiment of frustration and lamentation.

“We have the talent in Ghana than any of the African countries. We have boxing talent in Ghana than any of the African countries. So, to see Ghana without a champion is very disappointing,” he told Citi Sports.

The roster of former champions such as Isaac Dogboe, Richard Commey, and Emmanuel Tagoe, has been marked by the inability to successfully defend and maintain their coveted titles.

Agbeko is resolute in his conviction that the primary responsibility for this shortcoming falls squarely upon the shoulders of the

government, as it has not adequately prioritized the development and support of the boxing sector.

With unwavering conviction, the retired pugilist conveyed his belief that rectifying this predicament requires a comprehensive effort that extends beyond the confines of the boxing ring.

“I think we have a lot of work to do, not only from the boxes, it starts from the top,” Agbeko said.

“First of all, from the government. I don’t think the government is giving Ghana boxing the support that we actually deserve. It’s not like we need it, we don’t need it. We deserve it,” he added.

David Kotei Poison won Ghana’s first world title in 1975 before losing it in 1976.

Other subsequent champions include Azumah Nelson, Nana Yaw Konadu, Ike Quartey, Alfred Kotey, Joshua Clottey, Isaac Dogboe and Richard Commey.

Credit: Citi Sports

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