Two former Ghanaian boxers, David Kotei “Poison” popularly known as DK Poison and ex-WBC international super flyweight champion, Ebo Danquah have received $4, 800 and $3,600 respectively from the World Boxing Council.
The cheque was presented on Monday to the two boxers through the Ghana Boxing Authority at a ceremony at the media centre of the Accra Sports Stadium. According to the international body, the aim of grants of this nature is to help in rehabilitating former champions of the council.
According to Peter Zwennes, who is the president of the body, they had to cross several hurdles in getting the grants to the two boxers. “Our initial application was in 2014, and we put forward our (Ghana’s) first ever world champion …, ” Zwenes said during the ceremony.
But eventually, they agreed to accept our application and had to wait for a while before knowing the exact amount granted.
He further explained that they didn’t get the initial amount they had requested due to a downgrade system in the awarding of grants.
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“We didn’t get the $10,000 we were looking for, because at that time they had started downgrading the awards, but like they say, half a loaf is better than none. So, they awarded D.K. ‘Poison’ $4,800 and awarded Ebo Danquah $3,600. That was not the end of the story,” he said.
The two boxers also took turns to thank the association and the boxing federation for giving them the grant after going on retirement from the discipline for several years. The body says they have plans of submitting the names of Nana Yaw Konadu and Alfred Kotey to receive grants as well.
D. K. Poison is popular for his classic match with Ruben Olivares of Mexico when he took the WBC featherweight title from him in Los Angeles in the USA, on September 20, 1975.
Source: Ghana Boxing Authority