The latest and most promising boxer to hail from the West African nation is 26-year-old lightweight prospect... Mr Afriyie Ankrah made these commitments yesterday when he toured some boxing gyms in the Greater Accra Region to familiarise himself with state of the gyms that produced the like of legendary Azumah Nelson, David Kotey Poison, Ike Quartey and... 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Quartey was only eight-years-old when he began frequenting the renowned Akotoku Academy Boxing Gym. From then on, Quartey took control, working behind the jab and scoring heavy shots, including a monstrous right in the ninth. Quartey, who competes as a 152-pounder in the amateurs, has compiled a record of 89-5. Home = Classic Fight. His father reportedly had five wives. Among his foes were Alberto Cortes, Vince Phillips, and Oba Carr. Quartey returned to the ring in January 2005. Ike Quartey is a Ghanaian Boxer, who was born on 27 November, 1969 in Birth Place not known. In October 1997 he fought José Luis López to a draw. At the time of the stoppage one judge had Quartey ahead, one had him behind and a third judge had the fight even. The fight took place in August 1995 at La Palestre, Le Cannet, Alpes … “My promoters and trainers wanted to cancel the bout but I refused because I wanted to silence everyone in America.”. He held the WBA welterweight title from 1994 to 1998, and challenged once for IBF junior-middleweight title in 2000. All rights reserved. Then in 1998, the Ghanaian was stripped for failing to make a mandatory defense as he pursued a big-time bout. “Bazooka” quickly became the most feared at 147, impressively outpointing the dangerous Oba Carr and stopping future world champion Vince Phillips. De La Hoya came away with a close, somewhat controversial, split decision. Former WBC Welterweight Champion Oscar De La Hoya has revealed some ordeal he went through after fighting Ghanaian boxer Ike Quartey in February 1999. Quartey began his professional career with a 2nd-round knockout of Mama Mohamed. Quartey had an amateur record of 50-4, and represented Ghana as a Light Welterweight at 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. They just gave him the verdict but he knows that I defeated him.”, Location: Fiscalini Field, San Bernardino, California, USA, Record: Quartey 14-0 (14 KOs), Banks 19-2-1 (11 KOs). He defended his title successfully seven times.Among his foes were Alberto Cortes, Vince Phillips, and Oba Carr. His older brother Isaac Quartey won a silver medal in the 1960 Olympics.Quartey had an amateur record of 50-4, and represented Ghana as a Light Welterweight at 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. I was glad that with all his achievements as an amateur, I ended his career with that knockout win,” said Quartey. “I wasn’t supposed to fight because I had malaria throughout camp,” said Quartey. GhanaWeb?We need … Jose Louis Lopez was a feared boxer who few dared fight in his prime. Quartey committed 18 years of his life to boxing. Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US, Palais des Sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France, Retained WBC International light-welterweight title, Retained West African light-welterweight title, Won vacant Ghanaian light-welterweight title, "Africa Bukom: heartbeat of African boxing", "Forrest wins unanimous - and controversial - decision", Professional boxing record for Ike Quartey. But De La Hoya came out roaring in the 12th, dropping Quartey again and battering him to the point of a stoppage. In October 1997 he fought José Luis López to a draw.The decision was originally read as a win for Quartey but reversed when a flaw was found in the scoring. Age 48 years old. “Bazooka” remained upright but would lose a 12-round split decision many felt should have gone his way. Lopez possessed quick hands, lethal power in both hands and an iron chin. His inactivity led him to be stripped of his WBA title. “I don’t think Wright hurt me in our fight and I think I did a lot to merit victory but it wasn’t given. Quartey turned professional in 1988, a day short of his nineteenth birthday. His father reportedly had five wives. Two days later, the result was changed to a draw after a tallying error was discovered. Location: Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA, Record: Quartey 34-0 (30 KOs), Lopez 40-3-1 (32 KOs), At Stake: Quartey’s WBA World Welterweight title. He won the first three bouts of his comeback with victories over Clint McNeil, Verno Phillips and Carlos Bojorquez. Quartey's best weapon was his jab, which was considered to be one of the best in boxing while he was in his prime.He primarily relied on a "peek-a-boo" or "clam-shell" defense, which consisted of him allowing punches to land on his arms, elbows and gloves which he kept held tightly to his cheeks and ribcage. He fought on the streets and trained in the same gym as Azumah Nelson. Copyright © 1994 - 2020 GhanaWeb. Boxing Africa © 2017 | Web Design, Branding and Hosting by Masterpiece Web Designs. “I was preparing feverishly for the fight and I was in good shape but a month to the fight, Top Rank postponed the bout over an injury to De La Hoya,” Quartey recalled. His father reportedly had five wives. Boham got Quartey recognized as a boxer on the international scene.