Boxing enthusiasts eager for return of the sport
President of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), Peter Zwennes has stated that the Covid-19 pandemic gave Ghana boxing a Knock Out punch from which the Federation is finding ways to recover and stand firm again.
Speaking to GTV Sports Plus, he said the GBA has studied various guidelines from world sanctioning bodies like the WBC, WBA, IBF and the WBO who have allowed other jurisdictions to start organizing bouts, and they are coming up with measures and precautions to get Ghana boxing back.
He said, “boxing has started in other jurisdictions with no crowd, and we must be able to do the same as fans watch in the luxury of their homes”.
Mr Zwennes, however, noted that it would not be easy to beam bouts to people’s homes as all boxers, officials and security personnel must be tested for Covid-19, and, securing sponsorship and TV rights is not easy to come by.
He gave an assurance that the GBA is working closely with the Trust Sports Emporium (TSE) and other stakeholders and promoters to come up with a package for the return of the sport.
Organizing bouts with no or few fans he added, has been done before, citing the MetroTV/ Mortein Fight Nights, and this, he said can be improved upon in these trying times.
Mr Zwennes took the opportunity to appeal to the President, Nana Akufo Addo and the Ministry of Youth & Sports to ease restrictions on boxing so that boxers and fans who have been starved for some time can make some ends meet.