For some it may pass as overly ambitious, but Ghanaian Olympian and Commonwealth gold medalist Raymond Narh, of the Bronx, NY, has thrown a challenge to multiple world champion Floyd Mayweather jnr after bouncing back from a two-year hiatus.
Narh made these comments while basking in a big dose of confidence after a unanimous win over welterweight Ronald Cruz, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvannia on June 14. The win comes as a big relief to the camp of Narh, who has just weaned himself out of a torrid period of avoidance by potential opponents, managerial and promotional issues. Narh said “during two year lay off many people thought we were partying but I wasn’t. People have been avoiding me with so many fights cancelled because they say this African kid is dangerous.”
“No I am back in the welterweight, so I wanna fight Floyd Mayeather Jnr before he hangs his gloves. I know he’s got a few fights to hanging his gloves,” he said.
Narh’s motivation to aspire to fighting other big names aside Mayweather stem from his belief in his quality and pedigree. “I wanna fight Tmothy Bradley, Amir Khan, Devon Alexander and all of the top welterweights out there. I wanna fight all of them because I belong to the group and that’s my target. If nobody wants to fight nobody I am available. Give me a shot,” the Sydney 2000 Olympian said.
Ray Narh’s comeback is not new as Ghanaian ex-world champion Ike Quartey staged one sueccessfully in 2005 after four years of ring inactivity. What remained incomplete is Quartey’s inability to ragain his status quo during the historic omeback which was recognized by the Ring Magazine. Ray Narh’s job description for his comeback is evident as he needs to leap to world title glory to complete his story.
Ray Narh, made a major statement in Pennsylvannia on June 14 after a classy performance earned him a unanimous win over welterweight Ronald Cruz, who had previously lost only once. The Ghanaian boxer, who only 18 months ago looked chubby and had rosy cheeks, was now looking fit with trimmed muscles. Raymond Narh who turns 35 next month, is regarded one of the Ghana’s finest boxers who is yet to taste world title glory. And with managerial and promotional problems behind him now, Narh, who has lost only two out of 28 fights believes he can make it.
Narh, trains under legendary Ghanaian trainer Kwame Asante, who guided Joseph Agbeko and Joshua Clottey to IBF world titles in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Narh’s biggest disappointment in recent years was when he lost to Mike Alvarado in a WBC Continental Americas, light welterweight title due to illness in 2011. A year before that he had earned good rankings after annexing the WBC (USNBC) belt.