THE Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has advised IBF welterweight champion, Joshua Clottey, against rushing into another fight if he knew his hand injury was not fully healed.
He said it was important that Clottey recovered fully from injury before stepping into the ring.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu stated this when the new champion paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace to show the belt to him.
The Asantehene pointed out that he had followed Clottey's exploits from the time he (Clottey) participated in the Commonwealth games prior to turning professional and that he had found in him a serious boxer who was ready to reach greater heights.
It was no wonder that he won the title in style in far away United States.
He congratulated the IBF welterweight champion for the great show he put up in the United States to win the fight.
Otumfuo assured him of his support and prayers in his future endeavours.
The President of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), Mr Moses Foh-Amoaning, who led Clottey to Manhyia, said they were inspired by the wise counsel of Otumfuo, who proved that he had indeed followed Clottey's career.
He said Clottey's trainers were seriously preparing him for a unified fight in the division.
Mr Foh-Amoaning said, "When he wins any title, he will show the belt to the Asantehene".
For his part Clottey said he was encouraged by the kind words of the Asantehene and promised that he would make sure that he was medically fit before going in for a defence of the title.