Mr Eazi (4th L) with other dignitaries
Africa’s most prominent gaming franchise operator, Choplife Gaming, last Friday handed over the refurbished boxing gym to officials of the Bronx Club at a short ceremony in Jamestown.
Choplife Gaming operates igaming licensed entities across seven African countries, including Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Republic of Benin, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone.
The renowned boxing gym, founded in 2004, has produced some of Ghana’s top boxers like Richard Commey (former IBF Champion), Duke Micah (former WBC Silver Champion), Emmanuel Tagoe (former IBO World Champion), Fredrick Lawson (former WBC Silver Champion), Sherrif Quaye (WBO African Champion), John Laryea (current WBO featherweight champion), and Briamah Kamoko alias Bukom Banko.
The gym has seen a significant facelift and has been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to elevate it to meet international standards. Speaking at the handing-over ceremony, award-winning musician and CEO of Choplife, Mr Eazi, bemoaned the lack of resources and opportunities in the development of the numerous talents spread across the African continent.
“Africa does not lack talent, what we lack is opportunity and development initiatives. Our duty at Choplife Gaming is to support African talents, be it music, arts, or sports. We will continue to collaborate with stakeholders within these industries in our quest to come out with sustainable initiatives that will help develop talents across Africa,” Mr Eazi said.
On his part, the owner and chief coach of the gym, Mr. Lawrence Carl Lokko, who was full of praise, expressed his gratitude to Choplife for the great transformation of the gym and vowed to maximise the facility’s full potential to continue to groom more world champions. “Boxing is seen as a path of hope and means of escaping poverty to the youth, and initiatives like what we are witnessing go to the core of addressing one of the country’s fundamental problems. Boys and girls in Jamestown and its environs often start boxing at an early age, with the support and encouragement of their families and the community, as such have the opportunity to develop their skills over a long period,” he disclosed.
The event was graced by the Deputy Commissioner of the Gaming Commission, Mr. Kobby Annan; GBF President, DSI Bernard Quartey; Joseph Agbeko, former IBF bantamweight world champion; Emmanuel Tagoe, former IBO lightweight champion; 2nd Vice President of the Ghana Boxing Authority Mr. Rojer Barnor; President of the Ghana Boxing Managers Association, Alhaji Zayd; CEO of Bronx Boxing Gym and Executive Committee Member of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Sammy Anim Addo among others.
Choplife Gaming prides itself on adhering to the highest possible standards of operational efficiency, responsible gaming and regulatory compliance, and helping development talents across the African region.
From The Sports Desk