Hidden down a number of flights of steps in Downtown New York Metropolis you can see Church Avenue Boxing Fitness center and with its true old skool really feel Church Avenue is not like the standard gyms that you just discover in New York Metropolis. From the second you enter Church Avenue you sense ones dedication and love of boxing with its 1000’s of boxing images and posters caught to the partitions many yellowed from age. From the pounding of the heavy baggage, the lightning fast claps from the velocity baggage and the grunts from the boxers sparring within the ring you already know you may have reached boxing heaven. Daily sweating within the over 100 diploma warmth down within the basement of Church Avenue you can see what will be the one one that on the age of 40 years previous nonetheless believes he has a championship run left in him. Jaffa Ballogou who has been out of boxing for over two years now, he final fought on June 16, 2006 beating Lawrence Chapman by unanimous choice. In that bout Ballogou floored Chapman 5 occasions. Ballogou has achieved a forty five – 6 report profitable 39 by knockout in his 20 yr skilled profession.
Upon getting into the health club you’ll discover Ballogou immediately he is without doubt one of the hardest working boxers down there specializing in preparing for his comeback which is deliberate for September twenty third. He’ll face Manu Ntoh in a scheduled 8 spherical bout on the Hammerstein Ballroom on thirty fourth Avenue in NYC. The bout will probably be a part of Knock out Poverty which is a landmark occasion to assist combat poverty in Africa that’s deliberate for that night. With fierce dedication and focus the lean six foot Ballogou blocks out his previous struggles and applies all his power to his exercise with coach Rafael Correa by his aspect. Correa, a former boxer himself says Ballogou is in terrific form and is coaching very laborious.
Again in 1997 Ballogou fought Frankie Liles for the WBA Tremendous Middleweight title, Ballogou who misplaced that bout by unanimous choice to at the present time nonetheless believes he received. Ballogou describes the bout with Liles because the hardest of his profession. Quick ahead eleven years and you’ll nonetheless discover Ballogou coaching like his subsequent combat will probably be for the championship. He’s feared by many within the gentle heavyweight division for his knockout skills and his southpaw type. This together with promotional issues has induced Ballogou problem find fights retaining him out of the ring for 2 years. Ballogou is impressed by the success of the getting older gentle heavyweights Antonio Tarver, Glen Johnson and Roy Jones Jr. all who’re 39 years previous to assist gas his comeback. Ballogou is predicting a third spherical knockout of Ntoh on September twenty third. With Ballogou’s 75 p.c knockout charge one can’t argue the purpose.
Truly, The African Murderer fears nobody within the ring and says carry them on he’ll face anybody wherever. Ballogou has had his share of alternative preventing within the Mecca of boxing Madison Sq. Backyard and underneath the large lights in Las Vegas. He has confronted some robust opponents together with the likes of Ike Quartey early in his profession and Syd Vanderpool a former champion from Canada. That’s all previous historical past for Ballogou who now’s simply concentrating on preparing for September twenty third. Ballogou says he doesn’t know a lot about his opponent Manu Ntoh (17-14,10KOs) who can be 40 years previous and is a a number of World Muay Thai Champion. Jaffa Ballogou “The African Murderer” is able to get into the ring and begin his new drive in the direction of the large stage.
BY: Robert Epstein