Fighter Ayitey Powers last Saturday night became the toast of residents of Tantra Hill when he technically knocked out Beninois opponent Anicet Amossou in the fourth round of their 10-round International light-heavyweight bout fought at the Unity Park at Tantra Hill in Accra.
It was Powers first win in three years after seven defeats in a row since 2012 and the first title for the Australia-based Ghanaian.
Saturday’s feat by the Bukom fighter would pave the way for a pulsating rematch with long time friend and opponent, Braimah Kamoko, alias Bukom Banku.
Powers, real name Michael Okine, lived to his own words and the fight hype; dubbed the ‘Return of the Dragon”. He pummelled Amossou from start to finish.
Accompanied by his bossom friend, Bukom Banku, who was his chief coach on the night, the yellow-haired dread-locked boxer took the fight to his opponent at the sound of the bell.
He threw punches at will and hit the unguarded face of the Beninois, who seemed to be more defensive than attack-minded on the night.
The second round was not different as Powers pounded Amossou and jabbed him in the ribs intermittently while the light-skinned Beninois could only throw feeble punches at the marauding Bukom veteran.
Amoussou came alive in the third, throwing punches of his own while circling the ring with his opponent, but the Ghanaian’s experience and fortitude told on the night as he sent him to the canvass with a left hook.
In the fourth round, several body shots and jabs to the body of Amoussou sent him to the canvass once again, and as he struggled to make the count, referee Erasmus Owoo brought proceedings to an end.
It was a night to remember for Powers who, not long ago, was badly beaten by Braimah Kamoko in a thrilling bout at the Accra Stadium last May.
After being adjudged the winner, the veteran 38-year-old fighter vowed to continue his gradual progress with two more bouts at the Unity Park before facing off with dreaded foe Bukom Banku in a rematch.
In other bouts of the night, the pride of Kwahu, Emmanuel Danso, alias Kwahu Tyson, caused the biggest upset on the night when he knocked out Nigerian Basil Ossigwe in one minute,18 seconds, in their eight-round light-heavyweight bout.
Rasta-haired Isaac Sackey gained a majority draw against Beninois Fatiou Fassinou in their eight-round International super-bantamweight contest, while Success Tetteh was successful against Alfred Quaye with a technical knockout in an eight-round super- bantamweight contest.
A super-middleweight contest between Habib Ahmed and Atoli Moore saw the former defeat the latter by a unanimous decision.
In a lightweight contest between Ben Lamptey and Justin Savi, it was scored a draw by the three judges after some fiery fisticuffs between the two in the full eight rounds.
Source: graphic online