Accra, Ghana July 17—Ghanaian Boxing superstar Ike “Bazooka” Quartey (37-4-1, 31 KO’s) is ready to start fighting again and is prepared to take on all comers. While he is busy preparing for the opening of his new hospital in Accra, he has already begun intense training back at home in preparation for his next battle.
The former WBA Welterweight Champion will be moving back down to the 147 pound weight class. The change comes after losing a decision at middleweight against Winky Wright, who has actually gone up in weight to 170 for his next fight.
“Even though everyone knows that I beat Forrest, I did have a tough night against Winky. Neither fight was at the right weight for me,” said Quartey. “I feel like I can be slicker and move better in the ring at 147. Fighting at welter will allow me to polish my defense and have a much more explosive offense in the ring. I’m joining Mosley and Oscar in moving down and I will be a factor in the welterweight division.”
“I still have fire and ability,” said Quartey. “I want to leave a winning legacy for my fans across the world and I plan on doing that at this point in my life. I am in the best shape of my career and am ready to fight the best. I want people to know that Ike Quartey still has what it takes.
”The “Bazooka” has had a storied career which has seen him fight some of the greatest pugilists in the sport including back to back bouts against Oscar De La Hoya and Fernando Vargas.
Quartey looks forward to stepping back into the ring in September or October.
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