There is a common link between the three fighters pictured above (those throwing punches). Each was born in Ghana and eventually became world champions. Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, and Joshua Clottey are just three of many successful fighters who harnessed their skills in the poor lands of Ghana.
Below is a brief video that highlights the popularity of boxing in Bukom, Ghana. As you will see, the environment is harsh. You will not find any fancy equipment in these gyms. Fortunately, the lack of equipment has not led to a lack of results. On the contrary, these poor lands continue to develop dominant fighters at the highest level.
Those familiar with this blog may recall seeing similar examples from areas such as Brazil, Uganda, and Cuba. Below are links to three previous entries:
Boxing Their Own Worst Enemy (Brazil)
The Kampala Boxing Club (Uganda)
“You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.” – Walt Schmidt