Oblitey "Jaguer" Commey, the Ghanaian welterweight champion tasted sweet revenge in the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday night (2 August) when he defeated Fidelis Onyesom, the West African titleholder, on a technical Knockout.
Oblitey "Jaguer" Commey, the Ghanaian welterweight champion tasted sweet revenge in the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday night (2 August) when he defeated Fidelis Onyesom, the West African titleholder, on a technical Knockout. The two boxers had met on three previous occasions. Onyesom won two of the bouts, and the third was a draw.
Commey had claimed vociferously that he'd been robbed on all three occasions. He colourfully described the last fight as "daylight robbery". And that led to the re-match.
The Ghanaian, loudly supported by a home corwd, began his attack from the outset, fiercely punching his Nigerian opponent. Onyesom, a Southpaw, proved his reputation of being able to take punishment - and deal it out as well. However, Commey - also known locally as "the fighting Fisherman" - showed his experience and dominated the fight.
The end for Onyesom came in the ninth of the 10-round fight. Commey charged in at the bell and let fly with a fierce barrage of blows. He knocked Onyesom to the canvas and referee Roy Andrah, himself a former Commonwealth featherweight champion, administered the compulsory count of eight.
Onyesom was back on his feet before the end of the count, and Commey returned to attack again. Within seconds, Onyesom was down again - but this time, Commey lost his footing and fell too. The fight resumed for the second time in the round and Commey's withering attack continued. Eventually, referee Ankrah stopped the fight, and Commey was declared the winner.
The crowd cheered wildly and Commey was held shoulder-high by his supporters. Later, he was presented with the trophy by the Nigerian High Commissioner in Ghana, Mr. G. O. Ijewere.
SYNOPSIS: The Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana on Friday night was the setting for the re-match between the Ghanaian welterweight champion, Oblitey "Jaguar" Commey and his long-time rival, Fidelis Onyesom, form Nigeria, the West African titleholder.
The two boxers had met on three previous occasions. Twice Onyesom won, and the third bout ended in a draw. Commey claimed he was robbed on all three occasions and went so far as to suggest that the third decision was "daylight robbery". On Friday night, Commey was backed by a definitely partisan corwd, and he took advantage, attacking form the outset. Onyesom, a Southpaw with a reputation of being able to take punishment as well as deal it out, took his fair share of punches in the early stages.
For the first eight rounds, he managed to withstand the Commey attack.
However, in round nine the end was in sight. Early in the round, Onyesom went down. Onyesom was up before the compulsory eight count, but he wasn't on his feet for long. This time, though, Commey fell too. Onyesom could not withstand the withering Commey attack, and referee Roy Ankrah, himself a former Commonwealth featherweight champion, stopped the fight. The Ghanaian corwd went wild, and supporters surged into the ring, hoisting Commey shoulder-high.
For Commey and his legion of local supporters, at least, the result of the fight set the record straight.
The trophy was presented to Commey, significantly, by the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. G. O. Ijewere. And still the crowd roared.
After the presentation, a delighted Commey posed with the trophy for cameraman. Locally he was the undisputed welterweight "king" of West Africa.