Ghana’s George Ashie is the new interim WBO Africa Lightweight champion after he won a majority decision over South Africa’s Michael Mokoena on Friday night at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra.
Two judges scored the bout, 117, 105, 117, 113 and one judge had it a draw with a score of 116-116.
Mokoena started the fight on the good note and he controlled the action from one, two and three by using his reach to his advantage.
In round four, Ashie suffered a cut above his left eye through an accidental headbutt, but the Ghanaian seemed angered with the cut as he pounced on the South African by working his body.
Ashie staggered Mokoena with a ferocious uppercut in round five but the latter stood firm to end the round.
It was give-and-take in round six and seven but the Ghanaian landed the clean shots.
Mokoena in round nine adapted the hit and run strategy which Ashie failed to come to terms with it.
The Ghanaian found his rhythm in ten – connecting some combinations but Mokoena replied with persistent jabs.
In round eleven, Ashie began using his jabs to prevent Mokoena from coming forward but the South African wasn’t perturbed as he walked through those jabs and connected hard shot to the head of the Ghanaian.
In the final round (12), the two boxers traded punches in the middle of the ring until the bell was runged for the end of the tie.
In the co-main feature, Isaac Sackey defeated compatriot Raymond Commey to win the vacant WBO Africa super bantamweight belt.
Sackey dominated Commey from start to finish to win the bout via unanimous decision. The scorecard read, 117-111, 120-109, 120-109.
Other bouts on the night saw Obodai Sai returned to the ring for the first time in 10 months following his round five KO loss to Namibia’s Walter Kauntondonkwa.
Sai stopped Richard Ashong in round one in their scheduled middleweight contest.
Enoch Quaye stopped Mawuli Fofoli in round five in their cruiserweight contest- Quaye was originally scheduled to fight Ayitey Powers but the latter pulled out at the last hour.