Bastie, a former Olympian who hails from the north of Ghana promised a third round knockout during the meeting with the Accra Mayor and nearly predicted right when he punched the much experienced Kamoko to the canvas, but was saved by the ropes and Referee Fred Ghartey.
It was Bukom Banku, the former WBO Africa Cruiserweight champion coached by inexperienced Wadada who led the pace of the fight and easily won the first two rounds with his piecing jabs, until he was shaken by the third round fall through a beasty blow.
In fact boxing fans were very happy as they witnessed a very entertaining and tensed match between two great fighters.
Bastie who dressed like an African Warrior into the ring improved his record to 16 fights with 15 wins and 1 draw. He remains unbeaten, while Banku dropped, 30 fights, 29 wins and 1 lose.
Both boxers received 100,000ghc, but the winner got an added 5,000ghc promise from the Accra Mayor, Hon. Adjei Sowah as well as a Motor Bike from Boxer Motors.
International coaching instructor, Ofori Asare who was at the corner of Bastie said now Ghanaians will trust him, because he beat the current biggest name in Ghana Boxing, and they will focus on getting fights to get into the world ranking and look for a world title.
Most of Banku’s fans were disappointed, but hoped for a rematch with a title at stake.
President of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) Lawyer Peter Zwennes said he was impressed with the high attendance and hoped that more interesting bouts would come up. He hinted that other Ghanaians like Emmanuel Tagoe, Isaac Dogboe, Duke Micah and Richard Commey are preparing for big fights and should be supported. He commended the fans that thronged the Arena and comported themselves well.
In the supporting bouts, George Ashie was too strong for his Tanzanian opponent, Max Moshie and won with a second round KO, Prince Octopus Dzanie also beat Gabby Laryea in round 8 to claim the WBO Africa Bantamweight title
In another development, Kickboxing World Champion, Lawrence Nyanyo Nmai says he wants to fight Braimah Kamoko as he calls himself the African Mayweather.
He has appealed to promoters in Ghana to take up the challenge for another big fight.
Michael Ayitey Powers and Michael Gbenga have also challenged Bastie Samir
By Sammy Heywood Okine