Boxer Okolla braced for Commonwealth bout with Ghanaian Tetteh

Kenya’s left- handed (southpaw) heavyweight boxer Morris Okolla is set to face off with former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Africa heavyweight champion Ebenezer Tetteh of Ghana on August 10th at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana after a nine-month hiatus in a Commonwealth eliminator bout. The 37-year-old Okolla will be facing the hard-hitting Ghanaian pugilist who beat Burkinabe Boniface Kabore in 2017 to win the WBO Africa heavyweight title. The fight was previously scheduled for August 3 but pushed to two days later, August 10 after Tetteh suffered a left hand injury during sparring. Okolla also known as ‘Hercules’ by his fans is making a second entry into the ring after his defeat to Richard Harrison Lartey in December last year for the WBO Africa heavyweight title. Ahead of the August clash, Okolla is bullish of a good show. “I will be travelling with coach Olando on August 6 and I am confident of a win in Ghana since I have studied my opponents fighting style and mastered a way to handle him in the ring,” he charged. “I have two sessions of training; one in the morning at Nyayo Gymnasium and the other in the evening at Sabina in Hazina towers,” said Okolla who is undisputed in the East African region. Speaking to Citizen Digital, his coach Francis Olando said Okolla is training and preparing for the fight and has high morale to win the bout. “Following the postponement of the match we are waiting for our new tickets which we are expecting to receive by tomorrow and plan to leave on  August 6,’’ said the coach. Okolla currently has a standing record of 11 wins through knockouts (KO) and three loses in his 14 professional fights two of which were in Russia. Okolla’s opponent, Tetteh, 31, gave a technical knockout to Jones Quarshie in his last fight  at the Second Out Gymnasium in Accra, in October last year and has not stepped into the ring this year. Tetteh who is on a winning streak of 19 professional fights is coming into the bout on the backdrop of seizing a world title this year. The winner of the eliminator bout is likely to meet Commonwealth and World Boxing Association (WBA) regular champion, Joe Joyce ‘Juggernaut’for the Commonwealth title

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