Former IBF bantamweight and IBO superb bantamweight world champion, Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko is set to launch The New Generation Mentorship Program to tap and develop younger opponents via the Joseph Agbeko Foundation in collaboration with Aborigines Promotions.
The 31-year old boxer sees it as his contribution to shaping the face of Ghana’s juvenile and non-professional boxing.
As passionate and determined as he’s to win every other world name for Ghana, at least for the ultimate time in his career as a boxer, Agbeko is also determined to provide to the sport while campaigning towards attaining his very last aim as a pro.
The New Generation Mentorship Program is to guide and assist juvenile and beginner boxers from the grassroots into becoming Olympic gold medalists and world champions for Ghana.
“Growing through the juvenile and amateur steps to becoming an international champion, I realised most of my mates whom I even considered better than I was did not have the chance to become extremely good boxers like myself,” Agbeko bemoaned.
“Instead, a few travelled abroad with their career and ended up working and lost their dream of becoming international champions.
“One of my closest pals who come off to be a very good boxer, Nii Odartey aka Dodo Lamptey as an example ended up as a land guard and lost his life in the process, may his soul rest to in peace.
“I trust a majority of these was a result of lack of right guidance and management, that’s why my unending gratitude goes to the Gbese Matse, Nii Ayi Bontey formerly known as Thomas Okine of Accra Heart of Oak. God stored me through him,” Agbeko recounted.
It is for that reason the programme will recruit younger boxers, harness their capabilities below the strictest disciplinary training exercises and prepare them to be the best they can be as beginner and later pro boxers.
This could be achieved via scouting younger talented boxers, take them off the streets, hold everyday boxing events, increase their skills and give them exposure.