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The management of World Boxing Organisation(WBO) Africa bantamweight champion Wasiru ‘Gyatabi’ Mohammed has cast doubt over a possible rematch between his boxer and Isaac Sackey after accusing the former champion’s handlers of refusing to sign a rematch contract proposed by the WBO Africa division.

John Manfo of Ellis and John Boxing Promotions, managers of Mohammed, told the Graphic Sports that Sackey’s manager, Bernie Johnson, refused to sign the contract form which contained the rematch clause when it was presented to him two weeks ago.

“We have proposed a rematch and a contract to that effect has been handed over to Sackey’s management for some weeks now but they have refused to sign it,”Mr Manfo lamented.

He contended that the champion would have no other alternative but to move on and fight other boxers in the WBO Africa ranking system.

However, in a sharp rebuttal, Mr Johnson denied ever receiving any proposed contract form or setting eyes on any such document.

It is a lie; it is a big fat lie. They have not brought me any contract to sign, and even if there would be any fight between Sackey and Wasiru, I will promote it,” Sackey’s manager told the paper in reaction to the allegations.

Meanwhile, match-maker Fattai Issifu, has admitted to the Graphic Sports he personally took a rematch contract to Mr Johnson to sign but upon reaching his office, he was refused entry to meet Sackey’s manager.

“I again called him and he told me he wanted to receive the contract personally, however after waiting for hours, he failed to show up,” claimed Issifu, known in boxing circles as Pakistan.

Fattai, who is also a trainer at The Gym in Accra, said the development was not good for the sport and appealed to both camps to act professionally to make the rematch happen.

Gyatabi dethroned Sackey with a controversial third round TKO victory in an ill-tempered fight on October 13 at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, with Sackey’s corner and fans invading the ring to attack the referee for perceived injustice. In the ensuing chaos, irate fans destroyed facilities at the arena, compelling the Ghana Boxing Authority to suspend Sackey’s trainer Akai Nettey and two other cornermen for the violent act that brought the fight into disrepute.

Subsequently, the WBO Africa declared Gyatabi the winner and handed him the title at a ceremony weeks later but gave the dethroned champion another chance by promising him a rematch if the two camps agreed on a contract.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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