Bukom is known for many things but top of that list is its knack for breeding most of Ghana’s best boxers and there’s no doubt that the next world champion from the West African Country will emanate from the popular Ga community.
The latest to join the tall list of prominent boxers who rose to the apex of their career is a 15-year-old budding boxer, Michael Nelson, popularly known by his peers as Mayweather.
Much potential lies so much in a poised and ambitious boxer who is fierce, brave and determined to achieve his dreams and hopes of being a World Champion.
Discovering his talent as a boxer at a tender age of 8-years, the young Mayweather recalls how he lost his first fight in the ring just like the boxing hall of famer, Professor Azumah Nelson in the full glare of his home supporters.
Despite not informing his single mother about the results of the bout, his brother who witnessed the defeat quickly enrolled him into a gym located in the area to nurture his talent.
Having grown through the ranks to become a stylish boxer as he calls himself, Nelson affirms that he picks lots of inspiration from undefeated American featherweight boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr. as well as Ghana's Ike Quartey and often attend boxing fight nights to learn from his seniors.
“If I watch this boxer and see what he does, when I come to the gym the next day, I try as much to replicate the experience I have gotten in my training routines. The next time I watch another boxer, I repeat the same thing, so it feels like I have gained enough experience.”
He added, "I like Ike Quartey too, he also does a lot of walking and jabbing. Mayweather loves counter punches. My fans know that I can do better than he is has done in boxing hence why they call me Mayweather."
His trainer, Noah Amartey, however, describes his prodigy as one who never disappoints because he knows what he is about. According to Amartey, there’s no shadow of doubt in Michael Nelson becoming the next Mayweather.
Nelson’s mother, Esther Aneenyen who is keen in ensuring his son becomes the world champion in the near future insists that his son must take education equally important.
Esther said, “I often hear people say that he lost this bout or he has won this fight. But I always tell him there are good days and bad days in boxing. If he focuses on his dreams, it will surely become a reality.”
The young ambitious juvenile boxer who hopes to become greater than his mentor, Mayweather, called on corporate entities to come to his aid to help him relish his dreams.
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