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Samuel Takyi to make professional boxing debut today

By Vincent Ashitey
Samuel Takyi
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Ghana’s only medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Samuel Takyi is set to make his debut as a professional boxer on the former world champion Ike Quartey’s Bazooka Promotions.

Takyi, 21 will take on veteran Ghanaian boxer Kamarudeen Boyefio (11-10, 22 KO’s) in a Super Featherweight contest with the bout set to come off at the Accra City Hotel today, Friday, April 15.

Takyi has signed a managerial and promotional contract with Bazooka Promotions, a syndicate owned by boxing legend Ike Quartey.

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Speaking ahead of the bout Samuel Takyi highlighted that he is not intimidated by his opponent and knows it’s perfect timing for his career as a boxer.

“I feel very good about the bout and I have prepared very well, so I am very ready. I have had enough time to prepare after the Tokyo Olympic Games and I think it is now time to pursue my dream full time'” he said

“I am not scared, I am a boxer and anytime I am in the ring, I know I am the best. I am not intimidated by him and I know he is very scared of me,” Takyi added.

Takyi became the first Ghanaian to win a medal at the Olympics in three decades, after grabbing a bronze at the Tokyo Olympics Games.

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After quitting amateur boxing, he joined the camp of former welterweight world champion Quartey who said he believed the youngster would have a great future and “has the capacity to become a world champion in future”.