The world title chasing boxer will be the side attraction on the night of Farmers Day 2014 when McDon Promotions finally stage their first fight show at the Accra Sports Stadium
He has not fought since April last year but Ghanaian Lightweight, George Ashie and his managers are convinced the boxer will be up to the battle when he steps into the ring for the first time in 20 months come December 5, 2014.
Ashie, famously nicknamed Red Tiger was officially unveiled on Tuesday morning as the headline fighter of the ‘Fist of Fury’ boxing extravaganza scheduled for the Accra Sports Stadium on the first Friday of the last month of the year as he faces the challenge of Allan Kamote of Tanzania in a clash for the vacant Interim WBO Africa Lightweight belt.
Accordingly, the bill is a collaboration between McDon Promotions (who will be making their debut) and the renowned Box Office Sports Promotions who staged the highly publicised and well-attended Bukom Banku vrs Ayitey Powers fight back in May.
“I thank God for everything he has done for me. I am also grateful to the promoters, McDon and Alex Ntiamoah. I support all that they have done for me and I will prove to them that they made the right decision by giving me this fight,” Ashie told Tuesday morning’s press conference at the Accra Sports Stadium.
“I will bring a world title to Ghana, this fight is a stepping stone so all Ghanaians should pray for me to eventually bring the world title. It’s also the reason why I want to thank all Ghanaians for their support,” Red Tiger added.
McDon Multimedia Promotions were billed to stage Bukom Banku vrs John Napari on October 3 to announce their entry into the Ghanaian boxing terrain. Unfortunately it failed to materialise after Napari was ruled to be medically unfit. Now whilst working on a replacement opponent to face the undefeated Kamoko, they are going ahead with the Ashie-Kamote bill in order to meet their own target of a promotion before the year runs out.
“We don’t want the year to end without doing any fight show so we have settled on George Ashie for Farmers’ Day weekend,” McDon Promotions CEO, McDon Atitsogbe explained.
“Ashie is disciplined, talented, focused and a hard worker. We have watched him extensively in training, and mind you he never stops training even if he has not fought in over a year. We are confident he will give fans a good fight,” McDon added.
And confident in his own ability to outlast his opponent come December 5 is Ashie (24-4-1, 17 KOs in 29 professional fights) despite confessing to the strengths of the 32 year old Kamote (25-7-4, 14 KOs), the current Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) Lightweight world champion.
“I have watched some videos of his fights and I can tell you my opponent is a fast boxer and he is also a world champion so it won’t be easy,” Ashie revealed.
“But my coach is ready to prepare me very well for this fight. I will do possible things to win this fight. He cannot stand in my way,” Ashie added much to the approval of his renowned trainer, Godwin Nii Djanie Kotey AKA Coach Alloway.