By Robert Coster
Photos: Golden Concepts Promotions
Bukom is a shantytown 25 minutes from the capital city of Accra, Ghana. Nothing outwardly special about this impoverished village but experts of African boxing know better. Bukom is the birthplace of three world boxing champions- Azumah Nelson, Alfred Kotey, Ike Quartey. The village has been called by one writer “the heartbeat of African boxing” because its people literally worship the fight game and the champions born in this land are the heros of the youth of Bukom who flock to the local gym. The names and pictures of Azumah, Kotey and Quartey are plastered in every corner of the town. And now, The villagers of Bukom are pinning their hopes to have yet another world champion on the broad shoulders of 32 year-old undefeated cruiserweight Braimah “Bukom Banku” Kamoko (24-0, 18 KOs), the current WBO African titleholder.
Braimah, a pro for over 12 years, has become hugely popular in Ghana due to his “take no prisoners” brawling style, his showmanship and colorful persona inside and outside the ring. Indeed, Bukom’s native son is also a musician, an actor and even dabbles in politics. He is a darling of local TV stations and gossip sheets.
A look at Kamoko’s record shows stoppage victories over former WBO middleweight champion Hector Javier Velazco and Jorge Rodriguez Olivera, former WBO Latino Champion.
“I’ve fought my share of South American boxers,” says Braimah, “now I want to fight a good American boxer, maybe a former world champion.”
Concurs Henry Manly-Spain, President of Golden Concepts who, manages and promotes Braimah’s career: “We plan to move aggressively with Braimah in 2013 – his time has come to branch out of Ghana and move into top contender status. I have no doubt in my mind that Braimah Kamoko is going to be Bukom’s and Ghana’s next world champion!”