Agbeko poses after a steamy work-out

Agbeko poses after a steamy work-out

World title hopeful Sena Agbeko has declared that his dream of becoming a world beater is on course.

The budding boxing talent has spent a year to invest in his body by way of training to attain his three-year target of becoming a world champion.

Not only does he want to rule the pugilistic world, but he wants to take a cue from boxing great Professor Azumah Nelson, who reigned as a World Champion for over a decade.

The young fellow is currently pursuing a Public Relations course in the country?s premier journalism school-Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ)- and hopes to become a lawyer in future.

Notwithstanding the challenges associated with academics, he has so far managed to combine boxing with education effectively and efficiently.

His natural urge for competition drove him to practice judo, a Japanese martial art categorized in Ghana as a lesser sport, which was one of the reasons that accounted for his switch to boxing in 2008.

He left good footprints as a 73kg judo fighter to emerge as a national champion six years ago.

According to Agbeko, he drew so much inspiration from Ghana?s participation in the 2008 Olympics and from that day decided to represent the country at the world stage and fly the Red Yellow and Green colours with a black star high by winning Gold in future.

And in putting his words into action, he hit the gym in that same year and by April he had begun punching so hard as an amateur.

Staying longer as an amateur boxer was a dream considering the benefits it offers boxers- great experience.

But lack of funding compelled him to turn pro prematurely in the sport he describes as tough.

With an impressive 15 fights with no defeat, he believes his values in life in general and the sport in particular- discipline, sacrifice and hard work- will help him live his dream of becoming a World Champion as prophesied by three-time World Champion Azumah Nelson.

Currently, he has shunned the pleasures of this world and is married to his career and books, as he strives to get to the top.

His humble beginning, a victim of a broken home, which led to his staying with an aunty Vinolia Agbeko in Dzorwulu at a tender age, did not have telling effect on his quest for academic excellence.

And that was clearly demonstrated in his impressive BECE exams which he passed with distinction under harsh circumstances.

However, financial constraints did not permit him to study at his dream second cycle institution-Achimota School.

The saying, ?when one door closes, many more are opened? aptly describes his unfulfilled Achimota School dream and that of his second choice school- Keta Senior High- where he pursued General Arts.

He believes the Volta region-based school offered him many sporting discipline options.

He won gold for the school in javelin and basketball, describing his stint with the school as the defining moment as far as his sporting career is concerned.

To him, his brilliance in the extra curricula activities to a large extent informed his decision to concentrate more on sports than his first love-education at the time.

Agbeko stood very tall in academics in Keta, and as the president of the Keta High School Debate Club, he guided his mates to an enviable third position in the National Debate competition, having stood toe-to-toe with top notch schools.

His deep love for boxing has pushed his tertiary programme a year forward, having deferred it in 2010 for an international assignment with the national boxing team, the Black Bombers in Azerbaijan in 2010.

Born to Samuel Agbeko and Petronia Abdallah, this rare breed of a boxer loves music with positive vibes.

His resilience, dedication, eloquence and discipline endeared him to Prince Arkutu, a successful business entrepreneur, and the CEO of Best Bargain, an electronics company.

The Best Bargain boss indicated that the boxer won his heart after he watched him train at the Bridge Boxing Gym, Roman Ridge.

He said he was impressed with his mastery in the Queens language as well.

To him, it was the first time hearing a boxer speak the way he did, and in an attempt to satisfy his curiosity, he drew closer to the boxer and later realized Sena was a professional boxer, who was vigorously pursuing education.

Arkutu believes supporting the young boxer in terms of finances and logistics is a way of contributing his quota to the land of his birth.

His brief contact with the boxer has convinced him that with support, Sena will be the best candidate to represent and market Ghana to the outside world, taking into account his qualities ? eloquence, dedication, discipline and passion for the sport.

Already, persons like David Harper, CEO of Geodrill Company Limited, and Ambassador Ray Quarcoo, President of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation among others, have played key roles in the boxer?s career.

And he believes it is proper to add his name to the growing list of philanthropists, who believe in Agbeko?s talent, hence his support and keen interest in the boxer.

He emphasized that ?I don?t want to take credit and behave like I am his manager. Great persons like Ambassador Quarcoo, Geodrill have been influential in his career.

?I believe in investing in people, especially our own and being a blessing to people. I am not his manager, I only believe in him and his potential,? he said in an interview.

Since the meeting with Agbeko, Arkutu has donated boxing equipment worth thousands of dollars and occasional financial remuneration.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum

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