Streetwise Management has announced the launch of The Streetwise Foundation, a programme targeted at assisting needy boxing gyms in Ghana.
The foundation will provide boxers with the necessary tools to ply their craft, such as boxing gloves, wraps, boots and bags with world lightweight boxing contender, Richard Commey, serving as the Global Ambassador.
Speaking at the launch, Managing Director of Streetwise Management, Michael Amoo-Bediako, said though he was born in the UK, he is extremely proud of his Ghanaian heritage and is ready to assist local boxers to achieve their full potential in the sport.
“That heritage includes a rich history in boxing. Ghana has produced many elite fighters, including world champions Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey, Joseph Agbeko, Nana Yaw Konadu, David Kotei and, of course, International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, Azumah Nelson, and I am ready to add my quota to develop the sport.”
With his collaboration with Richard Commey Amoo-Bediako, he said he met Commey in Bukom’s famed Bronx Boxing Club, a gym headed by the nation’s finest trainer, Lawrence Carl Lokko.
He explained that Streetwise Management guided Commey who lost a controversial split decision to Robert Easter Jnr. He’s since earned another world title bout and may fight again in the coming months.
“Being around Richard and the Bronx Boxing Club showed me what’s needed to help the children and to help the budding boxers in the area attain the opportunities that Richard capitalised on,” Amoo-Bediako noted.
“This has not been lost on Richard. We often speak about what he wants to do following his boxing career. Helping the community where he grew up is a top priority for him.”
Amoo-Bediako began collecting equipment with the help of two friends, Paul Brown and Clive Whitbread. Brown and Whitbread popped into his gym in Loughton, Essex, in the UK and donated boxing gloves. More equipment were acquired from another friend, Ken Mills of Boxfit UK. Amoo-Bediako intends to distribute these items to gyms in the Bukom area once he returns to Ghana.
“We want to empower the sport in Ghana, beginning at a grassroots level,” he says. “But our ultimate goal is to help all of the children in those communities by securing funding for school equipment, such as books, pens and pencils. This is simply the start.
“Setting up this foundation and having Richard Commey as the Global Ambassador gives us an opportunity to spread the word. The goal is for others to follow in the footsteps of past champions to create the champions of the future. Richard will be counted among the latter. We want to ensure that there are more to come.”.
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