On March 4 in Florida, USA, Sugar Ray Narh AKA the Emperor of Ghana will defend his WBC/USNBC Light welterweight title against former world champion American Freddie Norwood. With a record of 24-1 (21 KOs), Narh will be making his first defence of the WBA Featherweight title he won in April of last year with a second-round technical knockout of Angel Hernandez. His opponent, Norwood, is a seasoned veteran who previously held the title in 1998 and 1999 before relinquishing it for good in 2000.
My entire body is a battle zone now because of how well I’ve trained. Simply said, my health is excellent. After this fight, I’ll walk around with my hands up and a Ghanaian flag waving. My fans and I have been waiting for a shot at the world title for years, and after this happens, I hope the path will be simple. From his current home in the United States, Narh told SportsInGhana.com, “I still thank God for everything, even though the road has been real rocky and bumpy.”
Time is running out for Narh, 32, and he knows it, but he still wants to compete for a world title on March 4 against the much more experienced Norwood, 40 and 43-3-1 (23 KOs). “I’m expecting a tough fight from Freddie Norwood because he’s a world-class boxer and a former WBA champion. After watching his footage, “we,” meaning Ray Narh, his twin brother Raynolds in the UK, and their trainer Kwame Asante, “have come up with the best style to beat this talented guy,” the fighter revealed.
Ray Narh’s team, led by Mr. Yoofi Boham, has reportedly been in advanced talks with leading local television stations Metro TV and TV3 to also beam the bout live to Ray Narh’s countrymen back in the homeland “so Ghanaians can watch me do my thing,” as the Emperor puts it. ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, will televise the fight live in the US on their popular Friday Night Fights channel.