By: Coach Nana Kusi Appiah
Emmanuel Gameboy Tagoe gave a good accout of himself in what’s probably his last fight on the Asamoah Gyan fight promotions syndicate at the Bukom Boxing Arena on Saturday night.
On the night, Tagoe’s entry was dramatic as he entered dancing in a palanquin. Emmanuel Tagoe delivered a top performance against Vyacheslav Gusev winning on the judges cards unanimously with 120-107, 118-109 and 119-108 by Roger Barnor, Patrick Mkonduwa and Clifford Nkonsinathi Mbelu respectively.
A combination of body shots and jabs placed Tagoe in control for almost the entire rounds but Vyacheslav Gusev showed some moments of brilliance to make a strong case for himself on the night. The highly partisan crowd which was loud, rumbustious and sporadic from the beginning kept the cheers as Tagoe led with jabs and a flurry of punches. It was clear at this point that Tagoe was leading on the cards of the judges.
Momentarily what looked easy and a walkover changed as Gusev came in strong in the round seven with a big overhead hook followed with bone crashing body shot on Tagoe. It was a big round for Gusev but Tagoe survived it.
The bell went off and the referee in ring Ignatius Missailidis stopped the fight for the entire period.
“Lomachenko, I’m coming for you, I’m ready to take the WBO Lightweight title from you and set a unification with Richard Commey and beat him as well” Tagoe bragged after he was strapped with the WBO Global and the IBF international lightweight titles.