President of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF), George Lamptey, has ruled out Olympic bronze medalist Samuel “The Golden Ring Warrior” Takyi’s promotion from an amateur boxer to a professional one.
The 20-year old boxer revealed in an interview with TV3 over the weekend that his days as an amateur boxer were over and he will be moving on to the next level after achieving his dream of winning an Olympic medal in Tokyo.
However according to Lamptey, the young boxer is not ready to fight as a professional and misunderstood the question been asked hence his answer to fight professionally, he revealed this speaking to Class Sports.
“No, he is not turning professional as of now, it was a question that was asked and not thoughtfully understood by the young boxer.”
“I have spoken [to him and] he clearly has no plan of turning professional, so the interview with TV3 should be disregarded, he is now focusing on his amateur career a bit which has been communicated to his management in that regard.”
“In a nutshell, that decision of fighting professionally will not materialize soon and he is focused on the next step now.”
“He just came back from the Tokyo Games and at times when you ask questions, it depends on the way the young boxer understands it, so after the interview, we revealed to him not understanding the question pretty well.”
“With that, I think we have a way forward,” he concluded.
Samuel Takyi won a boxing bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Ghana’s first podium finish in 29 years, but his incredible Olympic journey came to an end in the semi-final at the hands of the USA’s Duke Ragan.
Story by: Gabby Ofei