It didn’t take lengthy for George Ashie to discover a frequent theme in a struggle he by no means hesitated to just accept.
As beforehand reported by BoxingScene.com earlier this week, the 38-year-old Ghanaian stepped as much as substitute an injured Anthony Younger versus streaking welterweight contender Alexis Rocha. The present—which can air reside on DAZN this Saturday from YouTube Theater in Inglewood, California—will mark the stateside debut for Ashie, who seeks to avenge a decades-long misjustice served to his legendary countryman Ike Quartey.
“I’m very joyful. I need to show to the followers that I belong. For me, that is the sequel to Oscar De La Hoya and Ike Quartey,” Ashie said through the remaining pre-fight press convention Thursday held within the grand ballroom at Renaissance Los Angeles Airport resort. “This time, it’s not going to Mexico. It’s going to Ghana.”
Quartey was a former WBA welterweight on the time of his February 1999 problem of then-lineal and WBC 147-pound champ Oscar De La Hoya at Thomas & Mack Heart on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada. De La Hoya survived a knockdown to attain two of his personal to flee with a disputed break up resolution victory of their twelve-round affair.
De La Hoya would go on to guide a Corridor of Fame profession and in addition fashioned Golden Boy Promotions, who promotes Rocha (21-1, 13KOs)—a proud Mexican-American, like De La Hoya, who proudly represents close by Santa Ana, California. Ashie (33-5-1, 25KOs) and Quartey each hail from Accra, with Ashie preventing outdoors of Ghana for simply the fourth time in his professional profession and first within the U.S.
“It’s an incredible alternative for me,” mentioned the 19-year professional, who has gained 5 in a row since an August 2018 defeat to Stephen Ormond. “I used to be in coaching for a struggle when this got here alongside. I’m prepared for it.”
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox