The second Ghana-Nigeria Friendship games which came to a halt on Wednesday (27 August(when the Nigerians refused further participation, got under way again on Saturday (30 August).
GV fight in progress between Okenwa Ezipke (Nigeria) wearing light gold shorts and Kwao Kuleho (Ghana). Nigerian plodding forward Kuleho making occasional wild attacks. Referee separates pair at end of contest.
SV Officials watch as referee raises Ezipke's arm, light applause (3 shots).
SV Fight between Cofie and Addis (wearing light shorts). SV (same shot) fight continues until Cofie Knocks: through ropes and takes standing count.
SV Archie Moore (Round Hat) watching.
SV Referee stops fight final bell.
SV Crowd watch as Cofie made winner (3 shots).
SV Barnor V. Agubo (light shorts). Ghanaian attacks in flurry after much appearing until final bell. Barnor raises arm.
SV Crowd watch as Agube made winner, Barnor shows displeasure.
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Background: The second Ghana-Nigeria Friendship games which came to a halt on Wednesday (27 August(when the Nigerians refused further participation, got under way again on Saturday (30 August).
One of the day's events was the boxing. Despite Chanaian Head of State Colonel I. Acheampong's plea for the remainder of the Games to be contested in a friendly, sportsmanlike way, there were moments of dissension. Ghanaian light-middleweight Ricky Barnor showed his disgust at being declared the loser on points to Nigeria's Godfrey Agubo with a gesture. But there was nothing to match the scenes at last week's football match when Nigerian officials finally ordered their players from the pitch causing the match and the whole Games to be abandoned.
Nigeria also won the flyweight contest, Okenwa Ezipka defeating Ghana's Kwao Kuleho on points. But it was a tame affair compared to the lightweight bout in which Ghana's Joe Cofie knocked Nigeria's Monday fe through the ropes just as seemed to have got on top. To the home crowd's delight Cofie took the verdict.
SYNOPSIS: The second Ghana-Nigeria Friendship Games-which came to a halt last Wednesday when the Nigerians refused to take part-got under way again last Saturday with the boxing competition. The Accra crowd were behind Ghanaian Kwao Kuleho in the dark shorts but it was Okenwa Ezikpe of Nigeria who was constantly pressing forward in this flyweight bout.
Kuleho would launch a sudden attack but he was never able to stop Ezipke coming forward.
The judges were divided so the referee had the casting vote...he made Ezipke of Nigeria winner on points.
The crowd were unenthusiastic about the flyweight bout but the lightweight fight was a much livelier affair...Joe Cofie of Ghana in the dark shorts versus Monday fe of Nigeria.
Cofie takes a standing count of eight as fe stands eagerly by hoping to step in and finish off the fight. But he gets more than he bargained for.
After going through the ropes it was )'s turn to take a standing count.
On the right famous American heavyweight Archie Moore's fighting days are long over but he acted as second and gave boxers advice during some of the bouts.
The crowd were waiting for a local win-and sure enough Cofia got the verdict.
Light-middleweights Godfrey Agubo of Nigeria in the light shorts and Ricky Barnor spent a lot of time circling each other, but when Barnor made his move it was a quick flurry of attack.
Agubo had also scored a fair number of points with come good crisp punches but at the final bell Barnor clearly thought he had done enough to win.
The judges had other ideas. They made Agubo the winner. Barnor showed his displeasure and the crowd were also unhappy with the decision, but there was thankfully no repeat of the scenes at the previous week's soccer match which caused the temporary abandonment of the whole Games.