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‘The Cobra’ to be laid to rest on Saturday

Late Ghanaian boxing legend Alfred ‘Cobra’ Kotey is set to be laid to rest on Saturday 29th August 2020 in New York, USA.

‘Cobra’ was pronounced dead on Tuesday 30th June 2020 at a New York City hospital having suffered from a stroke and according to reports the former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Bantamweight champion was unwell for some months, and on life support until his death.


The 52-year-old has become Ghana’s first world champion to pass away leaving behind other champions such as David ‘Poison’ Kotei, Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, Nana Yaw Konadu, Joshua Clottey, Joseph Agbeko, Isaac Dogboe, and Richard Commey.

In the 90s Kotey belonged to a new era of youthful and skilled boxers who were to continue the legacy of the country’s first world champion, David ‘Poison’ Kotey who opened the way in the 70s. He would become the nation’s 5th world champion after beating Puerto Rico’s Rafael Del Valle back in July 1994.


Born 3rd June 1968 in Bukom, Accra Kotey featured for Ghana in the 1988 Summer Olympics before turning professional in November that same year.

During his amateur days, he formed a deadly partnership with former World Boxing Association’s (WBA) Welterweight champion, Ike ‘Bazooka’ Quartey in the late ’80s into the ’90s.

The Cobra fought 43 times, winning 26, drawing once and losing 16 times during the entirety of his professional career.

He left behind a wife and four children; Derrick, Darius, Darling and Deborah. Burial Service and Funeral Rites in Ghana comes off at the Bukom Boxing Arena on the same day Saturday at 12:30 pm.

By Leroy Hawkson|

Hi, I am Leroy Hawkson, an up and coming sports journalist with over 4 years of experience in media working for the likes of University of Ghana-based Radio Univers (where I served as the Head of Production and Host of the station's sports show "Sports Express"), the National Media Commission (NMC) and ClassFM. I am also a writer and researcher for GTV Sports+ show "Beyond the Pitch," producer of popular Ghana Facebook Live boxing show "KBOXtv Live" and Head of Sports of Talks Africa Media. I am is passionate about the lesser-known or less financed sports in Ghana and would love to show Ghanaians the beauty of these sports to help develop them into powerhouses in the country and the world.

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