This and Not This


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Pound for pound is how it went down last night at the Accra Sports Stadium as 7 bouts went down.

Ok truth be told, just about 5 were power and action packed. The other 2 were just, bleh…

Anyway, Joseph King Kong Agbeko defended his IBO Bantamweight title last night against Luiz Mendelez from Columbia. Was it fun? Yup!

Chale, from what I heard by way of mouth and from the little googling I did on K. Kong’s opponent, I bet K. Kong expected the fight to be a walk in the park; it was not!

For a moment there I thought he would actually lose! Like really!

The consensus I gathered that night was that, K. Kong won mostly because he had more stamina. But damn, Mendelez was tough! And very confident too. Can you imagine fighting someone on his own turf with but a handful of people behind you?

So hurray, Ghana ,through K. Kong retained her championship. Good!

I thought he would actually lose! Like really!

I thought he would actually lose! Like really!

Now on to the bad.

Disorganization be what?! Herh?

So along with #teamaqeel , I arrived at the stadium pretty early, like around 7. Stuff was still being set up chale.

At least when everything punched off, the ringside was pretty much star studded, and of course, star packed! The popular stands were also vibing with “jama” which I’m not so sure could possibly motivate anyone. Oh well..

So yeah, big ups to Fresh Kings Promotions (Entertainers), OMP and all who made this happen.

Some smart alec decided it was ok to place both projectors meant to serve the fnas in the popular stands on only one side of the pitch. Well at least someone fixed that.

It wasn’t after the second bout that they begun to change the postion of one of the projected screens to benefit fans on the other side of the stadium, which ironically, had more people.

Fight was scheduled to start at 9, don’t even ask when it kicked off.

A (if you may) rooster was prepared, clearly stating the order in which the fights would occur. Followed through on the first three bouts, the rest, let’s just say I highly doubted all the fights would come on.

K. Kong’s fight was scheduled to be last, the crowning fight, the highlight. My reasoning tells me this is to give the other boxers billed to fight their own spotlight as well; all in brotherly sportsmanship love.

Didn’t happen.

Luckily, we got to see Manyo Plange, one of the featured boxers fight before K.Kong. That dude is viscious! Of course he won; I think by T.K.O.!

This is the “Columbiano” O_O

This is the “Columbiano” O_O

Then on came K. Kong. I wouldn’t speak on him because all the headlines are abuzz with him anyway. But chale, that “Columbiano” was persistent! Oh did I mention Samini sang our national anthem?

Anything special about it? Nope!! I was hoping for some sort of rendition, but oh well! The Columbian anthem was sang as well, amidst boos, very typical and expected, in contrast with Samini’s which.. well you can imagine.

Ok.

After K. Kong’s fight, people just up’d and assumed the night was over. Don’t people listen or read? People can to leave after the champ had been crowned, totally forgetting there were other bouts to be fought. I don’t blame them.

They had seen what they came for. Only true boxing fans stayed on to watch the other bouts. And by that time, the gates were opened and as you can well imagine, everyone trooped in to the ringside! An awesome experience for them I can imagine!

Frederick Lawson won his fight, clinching the IBF Continental Africa Welterweight title. Then on came Duke Micah. Now that was enjoyable. His opponent (Michael Barnor) put on good show along with him. Duke emerged winner.

Then on to this guy! Sena Agbeko. More on him in my next post. His opponent could have at least, trained for a year before getting in the ring with him. Ah! What is that?! He might as well change his name from Sunday King Hammer to “Sundays I sing “mama”; or maybe it’s because he fought on a friday satruday?O.o

Oh well, last night was great!

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the winning squad.
mANYO pLANGE|k. kONG| Joshua Clottey||fREDERICK lAWSON| sENA aQEEL aGBEKO

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Where Are The Skateparks?


I believe we’ve all seen the movies, and read the blogs, and heard the news about different lifestyles across the world. Any Ghanaian I’m sure would gradually admit that in Ghana, there are basically three sports: football, boxing and the rest.

Even the great game of basketball seems to be the reserve of those with satellite television, or basically, the rich. It’s really sad though; especially in my shoes considering I really am not into football, basketball really is what catches my fancy. I pray Oklahoma defeat the Heats, though thanks to them, the Lakers didn’t make it. –>this was written way before the game, so yea, its old, forgive me.Image

Quite recently however, I have developed a new obsession; am I obsessed with basketball? Not quite as my “football-for-life” brothers and sisters. This new obsession however is just that, an obsession!  I am becoming quite the aficionado though.

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Skateboarding

Skateboarding that’s what; my new obsession! Not only does it look really cool, I bet if offers one hell of a rush no other sport (on the ground/floor) can hope to offer; ok maybe car races?

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Anyway, I’ve been thinking, it’s bad enough that basketball and many other sports tend to be hard to come by, television wise, and I really wonder about skateboarding. I mean, I know I can access the internet, but you know, it’ll be quite the spectacle to watch it on television, without having to worry so much about my data bundle.

In the case of basketball, I could simply go to the courts around, they aren’t great but that should suffice for now. Now my question is, are there any skate parks in Ghana?

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as rudimentary as this

I hear there is one around the Trade fair. I have a pretty avid image of the location in reference, but really though?

I believe there is something of the sort around Maamobi, which I have seen. But this one is just one strip of pavement and is really small, way smaller than the park at the Trade fair. Then there’s the half mini half-pipe at KauKudi. I also stumble upon something about a park at Labadi.

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that is the one over at labadi(is this the only one?)

Thankfully, I know where to purchase the boards, though I’m not too sure about pricing. I bet they’re seriously over priced, knowing Ghana. Well at least, if and when I do purchase one, I could skate around the house, or around; after all, airport west is just my backyard and there are tarred roads that aren’t too often frequented by cars.

Wish me luck!

But really though, are the skate parks in Ghana?

click here or maybe here