Former Africa Boxing Union super middleweight champion Rayton Okwiri is a disappointed man after the World Boxing Organization’s super welterweight match against Joshua Allotey on Jan.that December 2021 was canceled.
The match, which was to be played at Akoko-Foto, Dansoman in the suburbs of Accra, was canceled after reports that Allotey injured his shoulder in a training session three days before the fight.
Therefore, the Ghanaian could not compete against Okwiri, who had so far fought nine professional fights with eight wins (with six knockouts) and one draw.
Okwiri said Allotey was just scared of him when he was ready for the big game and possibly knocked him out in the first four rounds.
“I’m disappointed with the cancellation of this game at a time when I was ready for him (Allotey). He’s just scared of me. I’ll be ready for him when he recovers,” Okwiri told Standard Sports yesterday.
He said he would still be ready for the Ghanaian when he recovers.
Okwiri also appealed to game organizers to compensate him for the time he spent in training prior to what was touted as the toughest game of his career.
“I hope these people will make up for the time and expense involved in my training sessions,” said Okwiri, the last Kenyan boxer to reach the quarter-finals of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Gideon Jingles Oyiadzo, manager of Cabic Promotions and Public Relations, said they were shocked and devastated by the sudden turn of events.
“We are all shocked to wake up to this sad news. Allotey suffered a shoulder injury in training and is unable to fight. He is currently under treatment and doctors have to declare him fit before we can advise on the way forward.
“Really, I’m sorry. Greetings to Rayton and the team. We were really looking forward to a good fight and a win for Allotey,” said Oyiadzo.
Okwiri has been training in the United States since June before flying to Dar-es-Salaam in October, where he was scheduled to take part in four non-title bouts.
During the same period he first beat John Serunjogi from Uganda in Dar-es-Salaam.
Then his second match against Enock Musambuzi from Zimbabwe on November 26th in Dar-es-Salaam, the third against an unnamed opponent in Mombasa on December 12th and the fourth in Dar es Salaam against Charles Maluchi from Zimbabwe on the 31st were factors.