Ghana’s first world boxing champion, D.K Poison has been awarded the World Boxing Council title belt.
D.K. Poison won the WBC Featherweight title in 1975 when he defeated Mexican Reuben Olivares by split points decision after 15 rounds to become the first Ghanaian world boxing champion.
Mr. Alex Ntiamoah-Boakye, CEO of Box Office Promotions on behalf of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), received the new belt, which is embossed with photographs of former champion President Nana Akufo Addo and former WBC President Jose Suleiman.
The new belt came in, according to Alex Ntiamoah-Boakye, before President Nana Akufo-Addo agreed to repay the former champion’s owed ‘loan’ of $45,000.
He announced that because of the President’s busy schedule, he did not introduce the new belt to D.K. Poison; however the presidency considers a suitable date to make another historical presentation.
Box Office is one of the best and most successful promoters on the African continent, with many Ghanaian boxers revealed and known for staging the biggest fight between Bukom Banku aka Braimah Kamoko and Bastir Samir at the Bukom Boxing Arena, which the latter won by a knock out.
Alex Ntiamoah expressed that the WBC respects and regards Ghanaian boxers as very good and urged them to strive to enter the WBC ratings and have chance to win more titles.
Other Ghanaians who won the WBC titles are Prof. Azumah Nelson and Nana Yaw Konadu.