Veteran Ghanaian boxer, Michael Okine, better known as “Ayitey Powers,” has taken a strong swipe at individuals who have accused him of being a money grabber
Since his unanimous decision loss to Braimah ‘Bukom Banku’ Kamako in Ghana’s fight of the century last year, the 38-year-old Cruiserweight has engaged himself in number of low-profile bouts.
Powers scored a fifth round TKO over Benin’s Anicet Amoussou in Accra last January to claim the WABU Light Heavyweight belt and then followed it up with a first round flattening of the overmatched Kwesi Tutu in Keta in June.
The lack of meaningful bouts have led to calls of Powers being a money grabber. Powers returns to the ring against Joe Sarbah in September at Wembley Park, but has already come out swinging at his critics.
Speaking to Citi FM, an exasperated Powers exclaimed, “Sometimes you don’t have to listen to what people say. What do they mean when they say I am fighting for money? Boxing is my business and boxing is the work that I do.
“If someone says I am fighting for the money, I really don’t understand them because when I fight I have to pick up my purse. When the likes of Pacman fight don’t they get paid?
“After I fought Bukom Banku, I have been involved in two fights and won all but people never notice my victories but are quick to comment when I lose.
“You can clearly see that I am fighting for the wins and not just the money.”