- Emmanuel Tagoe controversially stopped Argentina’s Fernando David Saucedo in round 10
- Most of the fans at the Bukom Arena expressed their displeasure with respect to how the referee stopped the bout
Ghana’s Emmanuel ‘Game Boy’ Tagoe retained his IBO Lightweight title after defeating Argentine boxer Fernando David Saucedo on Saturday night.
Tagoe emerged winner after sending his opponent to the ground in the 10th round of the contest.
The fight which was staged at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra witnessed a very high turnout, but ended in controversy following referee Roger Barnor’s decision to score a technical knockout win in favour of the Game Boy in round 10.
Tagoe began on the ascendancy but Saucedo managed to hold his own and occasionally threw some heavy punches at his Ghanaian opponent.
Having promised to end the bout before the 10th round, Tagoe did his best but could not fulfil his pledge, with Saucedo standing firm in the early rounds.
However, in the 10th round the Ghanaian finally managed to record the win after the referee adjudged Saucedo to be unfit to continue.
The decision was protested by the Argentine, as well as many fans who witnessed the fight, but it was enough to see Tagoe claim a 10th round technical knockout win over his opponent.
The result means the Game Boy has successfully defended his IBO Lightweight title, as he looks to further progress in the division.