Bukom Banku’s son loses to Algerian boxer in African Games boxing final

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Abu Kamoko’s hopes of earning a gold medal in his debut African Games event was dashed on Friday, March 22, 2024, when he fell to Algerian boxer Kanouni Ouasama.

Abu, the son of boxing cult figure Bukom Banku, was widely expected to win the bout in the 86kg division of the competition. He did, however, lose by unanimous decision to the Algerian.

Abu Kamoko’s failure resulted in a silver medal rather than the goal he and his father had hoped for.

Kamoko’s setback was merely a blemish on an otherwise spectacular night for Ghana boxing, which saw four other boxers earn gold.

Samuel Takyi (Light Welterweight), Mohammed Aryeetey (Minimum Weight), Joseph Commey (Lightweight), and Amadu Mohammed (Bantamweight) each won gold.

Speaking on his achievement, Mohammed Aryeetey stated, “I was focused on my professional career. When I learned about the event, I determined with my management to help Ghana win gold. With God on my side, I arrived at my destination.”

Joseph Commey, who defeated Zambia’s Andrew Chilata in the lightweight division to win his first gold medal, expressed his desire to fight hard and achieve an Olympic medal for Ghana.

“I had to prove to the crowd that I could win the gold medal. “Now I want to win an Olympic medal for Ghana,” Commey stated.

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