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Former IBF Bantamweight Champion Kicks Against Female Boxing, Insists Boxing Is Meant for Men
- Joseph Agbeko believes boxing is meant for men, insisting the sport does not favour the female gender
- He pointed to historical antecedents to buttress his point that the noble act of self-defence is a preserve for men
- Agbeko is a former world champion and revealed he was inspired into the sport by the legendary Azumah Nelson
Two-time World champion Joseph Agbeko reckons boxing is a preserve for men, advising that women should not engage in the sport.
The former IBF Bantamweight champion concedes that women have the potential to indulge in any career of their choice, however, he opines that the rigorous nature of the sport makes it tailored for men.
Agbeko, who has two kids who are girls, made this assertion in an interview with Accra-based radio station Class FM when he was quizzed on whether he will allow his kids to take up the profession.
“I’ve two kids [both being girls] and I do not support female boxing. People can disagree with me [but] I believe everything men can do, women can do even better but when it comes to boxing, I feel men are born warriors,” he said.
He further explained: “I don’t think it’s good for women to go out there and shed blood, so, I don’t support women boxing and I don’t think any of my kids will get into boxing.”
Agbeko, affectionately called “King Kong” held the IBF title twice between 2007 and 2011. Additionally, he held the Commonwealth bantamweight title from 2004 to 2006; the IBO bantamweight title in 2013.
He also revealed his inspiration to venture into boxing was Hall of Famer Azumah Nelson - unquestionably the best-ever boxer to have come from the continent of Africa.
"Azumah is one of the reasons I started boxing because I used to watch him when I was a kid, so he’s the first reason I entered into boxing.”
Emmanuel Tagoe pockets a whopping $200k after defeat to Garcia
Earlier, Sports Brief reported it was a disappointing evening for Ghanaian boxer Emmanuel 'Game Boy' Tagoe in San Antonio, Texas after he was totally dominated by American fighter Ryan Garcia.
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Tagoe lost via a unanimous decision by all three judges with Tom Carusone (119-108), Lisa Giampa (118-109) and Ellis Johnson (119-108) all ruling in favour of the American.
In a video posted on Twitter, spotted by Sports Brief, the 34-year-old lightweight boxer was overwhelmed by his American opponent.