By James K. Attaglo Wilson

The essence of punishment they say is to reform and rehabilitate the culprit so that they will not commit the offence again.

This is, however, distinguished from deterrence, in that the goal here is to change the offender’s attitude to what they have done and make them come to see that their behaviour was wrong or inimical to society at large.

The above maxim seem to have worked well on Ghanaian boxer Patrick Allotey who was recently ban for physically assaulting a supporter of Asante Kotoko – Michael Siaw at the Accra Stadium.

The Ghana Boxing Authority on February 06, 2020 imposed a six [6] months suspension on Allotey and seized his professional boxing licence for misconduct.

But the imposition of the ban elapsed on Thursday, August 06 although the GBA is yet to notify the boxer and the public to that effect.

According to the WBO Africa Super welterweight champion he has bonded well with Michael Siaw and can testify that they are best friends now:

“I don’t have any problem with Michael Siaw. In fact, he is my best friend now because we call each other on phone,” Allotey told Asempa [94.7] FM on Sunday.

“When his wife delivered he called me to in form me and even added a video of the event for me to attest and I also reciprocated when my wife also delivered so there’s no bad blood between us.

“All I can say is that I failed to control my anger on that faithful day which can happen to anyone, but I regretted the action afterwards.”

According to Patrick Allotey he has hit the gym hoping that the ban on international travel as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will soon be lifted so that he’ll go out there to challenge for a world title.

Allotey [40-4, 30 KOs] suffered a 4th round TKO in his last world title fight against Jaime Munguia in September 2019. The Ghanaian boxer [Allotey] took a delayed knee at the 2:18 mark, forcing his corner to put a stop to the fight.