Ghanaian world title hopeful Duke Micah is full of confidence as he enters the biggest bout of his career so far – the clash Zambian Born Matthew Chanda for the Commonwealth bantamweight title.
Micah an Olympian who was Ghana's best performing boxer at the London 2012 Games with his second round appearance, has since been on an upward surge with his professional career. The Ghanaian boxer has gone "unscathed" in
"I have been working very hard for this opportunity since the start of my professional career and I am glad I am here. It will be a big tough challenge," he told Joy Sports.
Micah has been in the UK for the past two weeks with his trainer Lawrence Carl Lokko fine tuning for the bout. This comes after several weeks of tough continuous intensive sessions at the Bronx gym in Accra.
"As a professional boxer I will never underrate any opponent irrespective of which over advantage I seem to have. What I am focused on is to deliver in the ring and take this belt back home," he said.
Chanda who fight outs of the UK has a modest seven bouts all of which he has won and will be looking forward to making Micah one of his victims.
Micah goes into this bout the bout the bigger name and with considerable experience. After annexing the WBO Africa bantamweight title in Accra in 2014, he has defended it twice and this has kept him in the top 15 rankings of the WBO with his 13th place.
Interestingly enough, most of Ghana's major world champions have had stints with Commonwealth titles in their respective journey's to world title glory. David Kotei "Poison" is the first from Ghana to have become a world champion – the WBC featherweight title in 1975. Two fights before that, however, D.K. Poison as he was known in the ring, tasted Commonwealth Glory.
The gallant legend Azumah Nelson on his way to greatness, defeated Australia's Brian Roberts to annex the then vacant Commonwealth title in 1981.
He won the WBC world featherweight title two fights later after defeating Puerto Rican great Wilfredo Gomez. Three-time bantamweight world champion Joseph Agbeko won his in 2001, while, Alfred Cobra Kotey, a former WBO bantamweight champion, won his Commonwealth title as a flyweight in 1989.
Micah has a solid foundation as an amateur as he built his skill from his days at the Fit Square Gym in Accra after which he was drafted into the Greater Accra Reginal team of Ghana.
He gained a lot of competitive experience in many competitions in and out of Ghana including the weekly Greater Accra Regional League. After this he got an invitation to the national boxing team of Ghana the Black Bombers. Though he did not win a medal at the London 2012 Olympics, Micah was able to reach the second round.