IBF President will be present at Tagoe vs Gusev fight in Accra


The President of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Daryl J. Peoples is expected to grace the title fight between World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa lightweight champion, Emmanuel Tagoe and Russian boxer, Vyacheslav Gusev at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra on January 26.

The IBF boss will be joined by Danny Leigh, the Vice-President for WBO Trans-Oceanic, and Peter King of the Lou DiBella Entertainment, the American promotional firm which recently signed Tagoe.

The two boxers will be fighting for the IBF International lightweight and WBO Global lightweight title later this month.

According to the matchmaker, Mr Michael Tetteh, Mr Peoples’ presence at the Bukom Boxing Arena is to decorate the winner with the IBF International title.

The bout is expected to be Tagoe’s last ring appearance in Ghana before he relocates to the United States of America under the management of Lou DiBella Entertainment.

Tagoe (29-1-0) last fought in October in Accra when he defeated Namibian Paulus Moses to win the WBO Africa title.

Tagoe’s manager, Mr Abraham Kotey Neequaye, disclosed to the Daily Graphic yesterday that his boxer was undergoing intensive training and was confident he would knock out Gusev.

“We are training very hard for this fight; he [Tagoe] badly wants to win and his training regimen has been perfect.”

“We are not taking any chances. We are training very hard for this bout like any other bout, we are in for an early victory,” he said.