WHAT was believed to be an IBF intercontinental middleweight bout turned out to be a non-title fight with the “Pride of Ashanti”, Kofi Jantuah scoring a fourth round technical knock out victory over Argentine boxer Ricardo Manuel Ginero at the Baba Yara Stadium Saturday night.
Referee Roger Barnor stopped the fight two minutes 26 seconds into the 4th round, after a flurry of left jabs and stinging right hooks saw Ricardo wobbling without cover.
Put up by Prize Fight Entertainment, the fight, which had six undercards, was meant to put Jantuah in shape and improve his world ranking in the division.
An array of boxing greats, including Joshua Clottey, Joseph Agbeko and Ike Quartey were at the ringside to support Jantuah in the fight watched by a reasonable crowd.
Jantuah opened up early in the fight landing some stinging left jabs and solid body punches.
It looked like Ricardo was in for trouble, but he managed to dance away from his opponent, while trying to cut through Jantuah’s guard to the head with some quick left jabs.
Jantuah kept the pace in round two but as he kept his guard, the Argentine connected with a wicked right to his head, which momentarily shook the Ghanaian.
It appeared the fans were in for a good fight when Ricardo attempted to claw his way back in the third round with some overhead right hooks, but he had a problem in covering up under pressure.
Even as he took some serious punches, Ricardo occasionally run away from trouble to land with his right.
The Ghanaian appeared to be in the best mental frame as the third round wore on and when the referee signalled the combatants into action in round four, Jantuah never looked back.
As he ducked inside his opponent, Jantuah sent Ricardo to the canvass one minute into the round but the Argentine quickly rose to attempt a brave fight back.
But the Ghanaian was too powerful for him to contain, and as the Argentine took some serious punishment, the referee came in to end the fight.
Jantuah said after the fight he took time to study his opponent because he had never watched his fight.
“This victory would really send out signals out there that I am in shape for any future challenge”, Jantuah said.
Ricardo was gracious in defeat, thanking Kumasi fans for the support they gave him.
In the undercards, Lantei Addy defeated Alfred Quaye by a 3rd round TKO in the bantamweight while Benjamin “dirty Punch” Tutu scored a 4th round TKO over Kumah Doe in round four in the featherweight with Prince Doku gaining a 3rd round TKO over John Larbi in the super featherweight.