Awinongya Has Plans for 2008 Olympian Planje and Other Ghana Prospects

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Correspondent

New York,NY (June 11th, 2013)– Chicago area boxing trainer Joseph Awinongya, best known as the trainer of middleweight contender Osumanu Adama of Ghana in his Will County Gym in Joliet, Illinois, has plans to bring four of Ghana’s brightest prospects from his native Ghana to the United States where he will train them. American promoters take a look! Awinongya, also a noted cruiserweight who fought Steve Cunningham, wants everyone to know the following fighters he will be training in the states can be placed on cards and are available to be signed under fair terms and conditions.

According to Awinongya, “I want to move these fighters.”


Prospect Number One: 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Bantamweight Manyo Planje

Planje, who won a silver medal at the 2007 All-Africa Games, won twoof three Olympic qualifiers at junior flyweight and won his opening Olympic Games match in 2008 in Beijing over Harry Tanamor, but lost in the second round to Paulo Caravalho. Planje is now 7-0 as a professional, with six knockouts at bantamweight.

Prospect Number Two: 20-0 Welterweight Frederick Lawson

With 19 knockouts in his first 20 wins, welterweight prospect Lawson demonstrated versatility in winning an eight rounder in his fifth professional bout. Solid boxer. Lawson retired former World Boxing Organization World Bantamweight champion Alfred Kotey in May 2012, stopping the 43 year old ex-champion in three rounds.

Prospect Number Three: Cruiserweight Ibrahim Labaran, Seven Straight Wins

A hard hitter, Labaran has a record of 7-2 with six knockouts, and will be fighting George Bamson for the Ghanaian Cruiserweight title on June 28, 2013, in Accra, Ghana. Labaran lost his first two bouts, including one bout to 18-0 Alexey Soloviev of Russia, because he was put into the wrong bouts too soon, and was in the wrong division at heavyweight. Soloviev never fought again, while Labartan has now won seven bouts in a row. The Bamson bout will be Labaran’s first bout as a 200 pound cruiserweight. Awinongya feels Labaran will flourish in the lower weight class.

Prospect Number Four: Super Bantamweight Emmanuel Quartey, 14 KO, 14 Wins

Bantamweight knockout artist Emmanuel Quartey has 14 knockouts in his 14 wins.
Quartey has reached the tenth round or further twice in WBA and West African Boxing Union regional title bouts. Hard hitter with enormous potential. 14-2 record.

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