The First Vice-President of the Ghana Boxing Federation, Dauda Fuseini, has justified the federation's decision to include the United Kingdom (UK)-based boxer Seth Gyimah “Freezy MacBones” in the Black Bombers team for the Africa qualifiers.
Freezy MacBones, who has just two previous fighting records, was added to the team for the Olympic Games qualifiers in Senegal but was eliminated in the first round, raising questions about his capabilities as a boxer.
But Fuseini told Graphic Sports last Friday that their decision to hand him a slot in the team wasn’t wrong because the boxer was patriotic and chose to represent his country of birth instead of the UK; he, therefore, believed any criticism of the boxer was unwarranted.
''I don’t see why they should criticise him because Freezy is trying to be a patriotic citizen. He is one boxer who is outside the shores of Ghana trading his professional career and he thinks he has what it takes to come and represent Ghana. He wrote to us, and being a Ghanaian, I think it is fair to give him the opportunity,” he said.
He further explained that because they were challenges with quality boxers in the heavyweight division, they welcomed Gyimah’s decision to be part of the team and handed him the light heavyweight slot, which allowed Joseph Tetteh to fight in the heavyweight division.
''So, before he came, with the current class of boxers that we have, the light heavyweight and the heavyweights had been our problem. So, when he came down here, the light heavyweight was Joseph Tetteh. We thought it wise that because we don’t have any good heavyweight boxers, we shared the weight between them.
“We gave him the light heavyweight and gave Joseph Tetteh the heavyweight division,” he stated.
Fuseini also argued that because of the patriotism demonstrated by the boxer, the GOC and the Ministry had no choice but to advise that he should be part of the team to contest for the Olympic Games.