The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) has congratulated new WBO World Champion, Isaac ‘The Royal’ Dogboe for knocking out Mexican boxer, Jessie Magdaleno.
The congratulatory message which was issued by the GBA communications directorate said: ‘’ GBA is very proud of Dogboe for his discipline, his endurance and his execution, to attain his dream of becoming a world champion, and gain the prize of grandstanding among the world's elite fighters.’’
Isaac Dogboe has become Ghana's youngest ever boxing champion after knocking out Jessie Magdaleno in Philadelphia on Sunday morning, making him the new WBO super bantamweight/junior featherweight titleholder.
Read Below the full message from GBA
The Ghana Boxing Authority congratulates Isaac Dogboe aka The Royal Storm for knocking out Mexican Jessie Magdaleno to win the WBO world junior featherweight title in Philadelphia, last Saturday.
Isaac Dogboe, whose star has finally arisen, becomes the ninth Ghanaian to win a world title, and the youngest among the illustrious list of great pugilists.
GBA is very proud of Dogboe for his discipline, his endurance and his execution, to attain his dream of becoming a world champion, and gain the prize of grandstanding among the world's elite fighters.
GBA was ring side, represented by president Peter Zwennes and the Secretary Gen Patrick Johnson to back Team Dogboe for the great victory.
The entire boxing family in Ghana is very much elated for getting a new champion after IBO lightweight champ Emmanuel Tagoe, and ex-champions Joshua Clottey, Joseph Agbeko, Alfred Kotey, Ike Quartey, Nana Yaw Konadu, Azumah Nelson and David Kotei, aka Poison.
The GBA expects Dogboe would keep the title for a long time, unify the division and win other titles in other divisions like his idol, Hall of Famer, Azumah Nelson.
The GBA also wishes to use this opportunity to urge other aspiring world champions to train hard, take their time and take their chances when they come.
Ghana is indeed grateful and thankful to the Almighty Creator for making it happen for Team Dogboe.
We thank the media and SWAG for nominating him in the Boxer-of-the-Year 2017. We know he certainly qualifies for consideration as the Sports Personality of 2018, considering the magnitude of this feat.
From GBA Communications
The 4th annual Buude Yeele festival celebrated by the chiefs and the good people of Moshie communities in Bawku of the Upper East Region, under the theme: ‘’Sustaining Peace for Accelerated Development, the role of the Moshie community in Ghana, has been held.
Chairman for the occasion, Mr. Imoro Sarko aka Complex who was also the former parliamentary candidate for Pusiga constituency in the name of NPP in 2008, appealed to the Moshie communities in the Upper East Region, especially Bawku to maintain the peace they are enjoying in the Municipality.
He also used the occasion to appeal to government to speed up work on the Bolgatanga/ Bawku road to make travelling to Bawku and parts of the country much easier.
He also appealed to the Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface, to consider the Moshie ethnic group as part of the Zongo communities in Ghana and give them a fair share of the national cake.
The Paramount chief of Bawku traditional area, Zug - Raan Bawku Naba Asigri Abugrago Asoka ll, appealed to the Moshie communities in this traditional area to come together as one people and work towards the development in the area.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon.Hajia Hawa Ninchema, also appealed to the good people of Bawku and Moshie communities to come together and support government’s implementation of planting for food Job's programme.
She also advised farmers who have benefited from subsidies in the sale of fertilizers, to try their best and pay back so government can support them in the next farming season.
The Deputy Regional Minister and also MP for Zebilla Constituency Hon. Frank Adongo Fusani, stressed on the need for residents to be support government in rolling out its promises.
By: Issah Anthony
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged the next generation of African leaders to seek peace and prosperity for the long suffering masses on the African continent.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “If we are going to build prosperous countries, we should have peace, and those who would lead Africa must seek and cherish peace.”
The President made this known when he delivered the keynote address at the 27th Africa Peace Leadership Awards, organised by the Centre for African Peace and Conflict Resolution of the California State University, Sacramento, on Saturday, 28th April, 2018.
With pervasive poverty being Africa’s biggest problem, and which is likely to pose Africa’s biggest security threat, President Akufo-Addo stated that Africa needs to have peace to deal with this debilitating problem.
“As they say, “l’argent n’aime pas le bruit” (money does not like noise), and, indeed, we would all agree that where there is chaos, where there is noise, where there is unrest, you are not likely to find money or the widespread prosperity that will enable the longsuffering masses of Africans to live lives of dignity,” he said.
African leaders, the President noted must “have more self-confidence and accept that we shall never reach the level of development we aspire to by relying on aid or external assistance, no matter how generous. It is a mindset that I wish us to discard, a mind-set of dependency and living on handouts; it is unhealthy both for the giver and for the recipient.”
He explained that the next generation of African leaders would have to understand that they cannot draw up their national budgets, with the expectation that a percentage of revenue will be coming from donor nations.
“They have to appreciate, and work with the reality that, properly harnessed and efficiently and honestly managed, there are abundant resources on the continent to finance its own development,” the President noted.
Citing the report on the illicit financial outflows authored by a Commission headed by former South African President, Thiago Mbeki, President Akufo-Addo stated that Africa is losing, annually, more than $50 billion through illicit financial outflows, the President urged the gathering to imagine the implications of Africa ensuring that even 50% of these amounts remain on the continent.
Transformation of African economies; Free Trade
Touching on the creation and growth of an entrepreneurial economy in Africa, President Akufo-Addo explained that it provides the basis for undertaking the urgent task of the structural transformation of African economies.
“The next generation of African leaders will have to move away from economies, which are dependent largely on the production and export of raw materials, to value-added, industrial ones, and stimulate greater agricultural productivity, with the help of digital technology. This will accelerate economic growth, enable us feed ourselves, and create the much needed jobs for our youth”, he said.
This process of structural transformation, he said, will be immeasurably aided by the successful implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, which an overwhelming majority of African countries recently signed in Kigali, Rwanda, on 21st March, 2018. 22 countries need to ratify it to bring it into effect.
The success of the free trade area, he noted, would mean that the era of low volumes of intra-continental trade that have defined the activities of the African economies will come to an end.
“An increase in intra-regional trade in Africa is the surest way to develop fruitful relations between our respective countries. It will mean a rapid increase in exchanges of our agricultural, financial, industrial, scientific and technological products, which would enhance dramatically our attainment of prosperity, and the prospects of employment for the broad masses of Africans, particularly our youth. Our economies would then be shaped not by the production and export of raw materials, but by the things we make,” he said.
Whilst urging African leaders to protect their environment, President Akufo-Addo urged them to implement the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, as “they represent the most ambitious plan the global community has yet devised to eradicate global poverty, and, hopefully, leave no one behind. There is no group of peoples with a greater stake in the realisation of the SDGs than the African peoples, for reasons that are self-evident.”
Despite the numerous challenges confronting the continent, President Akufo-Addo stated that “Africa is on the cusp of building a great, new civilisation, which will unleash the considerable energies and huge potential of the African peoples, so that we will make our own unique contribution to the growth of world civilisation.”
President Akufo-Addo was also given the Africa Peace Leadership Award by the Centre for African Peace and Conflict Resolution of the University.
A statement issued by Eugene Arhin, Communications Director at the presidency, has shot down claims by General Secretary for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia that, President Akufo-Addo has legalized same sex marriage.
The NDC chief scribe at the walk unity held in Kumasi yesterday [Saturday] asserted that President Akufo-Addo has legalized same sex marriage.
But the statement from the presidency disputed the assertion and called on citizens to disregard it.
“This is nothing but a baseless and vile fabrication, by no less a person than the General Secretary of the leading opposition party in Ghana. For the avoidance of doubt, President Akufo-Addo has NEVER stated anywhere that, under his presidency, “men will marry men, and women will marry women”.
The statement further indicated that:”We will neither ask for an apology or retraction from the NDC General Secretary, who, obviously, is still stuck in the age of the politics of lies, deceit and propaganda, which was rejected decisively by discerning Ghanaians in the 2016 general elections.”
Below is the full statement from the Presidency:
Re: President Akufo-Addo Has Approved Gay Marriage
The attention of the Office of the President has been drawn to comments made by the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, as reported by the online news outlet, The Pulse, to the effect that same-sex marriage has been approved by President Akufo-Addo.
Speaking at the NDC’s health/unity walk, on Saturday, 28th April 2018, in Kumasi, the NDC General Secretary is reported to have stated that “Nana Addo says men will marry men, and women will marry women.” This is nothing but a baseless and vile fabrication, by no less a person than the General Secretary of the leading opposition party in Ghana. For the avoidance of doubt, President Akufo-Addo has NEVER stated anywhere that, under his presidency, “men will marry men, and women will marry women”.
Indeed, the President remains focused on delivering on his mandate and improving on the quality of lives of the Ghanaian people. It will NOT be under his Presidency that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana.
We will neither ask for an apology or retraction from the NDC General Secretary, who, obviously, is still stuck in the age of the politics of lies, deceit and propaganda, which was rejected decisively by discerning Ghanaians in the 2016 general elections.
We will rather appeal to Ghanaians to, once again, ignore the falsehoods of the NDC, and urge Mr Asiedu Nketiah to concentrate his energies on uniting his divided and discredited party.
Director of Communications
Maverick politician, Bugri Naabu has been defeated as chairman in the just ended Northern regional polls held on Saturday to elect executives for the region.
However, the man who was seeking re-election was defeated by Baatima Samba in the keenly contested race.
Mr. Samba beat him with 312 votes as against 116 votes obtained by Mr. Naabu at the Northern Regional delegates conference on Saturday.
A total of 568 delegates from 29 constituencies out of the 31 took part in the election.
Mohammed A. Bantima Samba - 312
Mr. Abdul-Fatawu Bugri Naabu - 116
Alhaji Abdallah Hindu - 25
Alhaji Mugis Sibawey - 0
Amadu Inusah Dagomba Boy - 99
1st Vice Chairman
Iddrisu Sunday -259
Dr. Salifu Nantogma Alhassan - 92
Alhaji Iddrisu Sulemana - 13
Abdul Rahman Sualisu Mahama - 186
2nd Vice Chair man
Hajia Amama Sayibu - 20
Felicia Tettey -336
Yahaya Iddi Mutawakilu - 34
Baba Kadiago - 128
Hamdia shahad Alhassan - 24
Ibrahim Gariba - 8
Sule Salifu - 186
Abukari Iddrisu - 93
Natoma Awusi Mahama - 39
Sule Sambian - 228
Rashid Salifu aka C.O.P - 492
Peter Wuni Baaga - 46
Alidu Musah - 7
Bashiru Mohammed - 7
Haruna Iddris - 288
Alhaji Baba Alhassan - 16
Abdallah Salifu DC - 154
Alhassan Abdul Jalil - 57
Kwawaja Ngamiba - 40
Frederick Tahiru - 95
Shamuna Ghazi - 138
Adam Abdul Bashiru - 13
Tamimu Fayal - 5
Mohammed A. Ghana - 270
Atik Shiraj - 31
Sulemana Alidu - 24
Adam Abdul Fatawu - 131
Shamuna Ilyasu - 275
Mohammed Shukurulah Bamba - 119
Abdul Rahaman Meriga - 2
Peter Kwabena Dwomo Tuffour -55
Benjamin Mensah -146
Hussein Yussif - 100
Alhaji Sibidow Alhassan Yakubu - 219
Collins Kwesi Antwi-29
Hajia Zulfawu Amadu-37
Suraiya Manan - 73
Hajia Rahana Aziz - 208
Hajia Safia Mohammed - 126
Hajia Ayishetu Mahama - 44
Issahaka Sahadatu - 62
23-year-old Isaac Dogboe become the youngest world champion in Ghana’s rich boxing history in Philadelphia, stopping Jessie Magdaleno in the 11th round to win the WBO super bantamweight championship.
Dogboe (19-0, 13 KO) started rough in this one, as Magdaleno (25-1, 18 KO) dropped the challenger in the opening round. But Dogboe, who had never been down before, shook it off and came on strong as the fight went forward.
In the fifth round, it was Magdaleno’s turn to taste the canvas for the first time in his career, as he was dropped by a monster right hand and badly hurt. To Magdaleno’s credit, he got up and fought on, even calling Dogboe on repeatedly.
But the hubris wasn’t enough, as Dogboe plugged away with effective body work and hard right hands to the head, keeping Magdaleno cornered or on the ropes far more than Magdaleno wanted. It’s worth noting that Magdaleno hadn’t fought in a year, but anyone would probably have wilted under the pressure Dogboe put on here, as it was truly effective aggression.
Magdaleno got himself steadied as the rounds went on, but was still mostly losing them. In the 11th round, Dogboe dropped him again, and Magdaleno complained that he was hit low. The fight went on, with Dogboe rushing Magdaleno in the corner, unloading shots until Magdaleno went down a third time, forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight.
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The two fighters, who talked plenty leading up to the bout, especially Dogboe, embraced after the bout. This was good enough, in my view, for an eventual rematch — maybe not immediately, but I’d love to see these two again, because I think there’s a better, perhaps less rusty Magdaleno who could fight Dogboe and make it an even better fight.
As for Dogboe, it’s obviously a dream come true for the young fighter, and he jumps up into the very top of the ranks at 122 pounds with this win.
In the co-feature, top super middleweight contender Jesse Hart stopped Demond Nicholson in the seventh round of an eventful and entertaining bout, a little sloppy, but both guys throwing with intent throughout. The official time of stoppage was 2:26 of the seventh round.
Hart (24-1, 20 KO) started aggressively but was rocked at the end of the first round by Nicholson (18-3-1, 17 KO), who was ruled down twice in the third round. One looked like a mistake by the referee, but the second was a knockdown. Hart dropped Nicholson again in the seventh, and then we got a strange scene with Nicholson arguing with the referee from his knees, and the referee stopping his count before 10.
Nicholson was down longer than a 10 count, but the referee let him get up, then stopped the fight via TKO. There was more arguing, and some words exchanged between Hart and Nicholson, too. But in the end, the winner was Jesse Hart, and he was clearly the better man on this night, however weird the finish might have been.
The opener was an all-Philly heavyweight bout between Bryant Jennings and Joey Dawejko, with North Philly’s Jennings improving to 23-2 (13 KO) with a 10-round unanimous decision victory. Jennings won on scores of 98-92 across the board, with BLH scoring it just slightly closer at 97-93. Dawejko falls to 19-5-4 (11 KO) with the loss in what was just the second time he’s ever been scheduled for 10 rounds, going the distance both times.
Off television, featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson went to 6-0 (3 KO) with a second round stoppage of Roxberg Patrick Riley (12-1, 6 KO).