Current IBF lightweight titleholder, Richard Commey has received cash amount of GHS50,000 and a brand new Toyota Corolla vehicle from President Akufo-Addo-Addo for winning the title.
"They [the Sports Ministry] are going to buy you a car, they are in the process of arranging it from the Ministry. They will get you a nice Toyota car. The office of the President is also adding GHS50,000 to it. It is a small token of our esteem and admiration for the honour you have brought our Nation. Keep it up," Nana Akufo-Addo said.
The President received the boxer and his team at the Jubilee House on Monday, March 11, 2019.
Commey in the company of the President of the Ghana Boxing Authority, Peter Zweenes, presented his world title to Ghana’s first gentleman.
In his remarks, the IBF lightweight Champion, Richard Commey, requested the President to use his good office to assist up and coming boxers to secure good deals that will propel them to become champions just like he has become today by the Grace of God.
"Some boxing managers and coaches enter into agreements without the consent of the boxer. This phenomenon does not help boxers. The government, the sports ministry and the Ghana Boxing Authority must look at that aspect and deal with it. If dealt with, the country will have more world champions," Commey said.
Commey claimed his first world title with a second-round stoppage of Isa Chaniev of Russia on Saturday, 2 February 2019.
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