Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Kofi Jantuah, Sidelined by Hepatitis B, Seeks to Return

by David P. Greisman

Former 154- and 160-pound title challenger Kofi Jantuah has been granted a one-fight license that could allow him to return to the ring after nearly four years away from the sport.

Jantuah, who will turn 39 this June, was granted the license at an April 8 hearing of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, to whom he explained his inactivity.

“I left boxing because I was dealing with Hepatitis B,” he told the commissioners. “It was putting me in a lot of pain.”

But last year he went to a doctor for a physical, he said, and was told that a blood test came back negative for the disease.

He’s been back in the gym, training, and wants to finish his career on his terms, he said.

“I think I can still compete at the highest level,” Jantuah said.

Jantuah’s last fight was in June 2009, when he lost a unanimous decision to Dmitry Pirog. But this wasn’t his first time dealing with hepatitis; the disease was also mentioned in an article dating back to 2001 that was posted on Ghanaweb.com. In 2005, The New York Times mentioned that Jantuah “developed Hepatitis in 2001.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hepatitis B is a liver disease that “can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness,” and “is usually spread when blood, semen or another body fluid from a person infected with the Hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected.”

But there does not appear to be any danger of that happening if Jantuah is to fight again.

 “All of the medicals that Mr. Jantuah submitted to the commission were completely normal, meaning there is no evidence that he has Hepatitis B currently,” said Dr. Timothy Trainor, the athletic commission’s consulting research physician, speaking at the April 8 hearing.

“He had a negative Hepatitis B surface antigen test, which is the exact test that we request,” Trainor said. “I feel confident that he is medically cleared to compete.”

Jantuah is 32-4-1 with 21 knockouts and 1 no contest. His defeats came in 2009 to Pirog, in a decision loss to middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham in 2006, a decision loss to junior-middleweight titleholder Kassim Ouma in 2005, and a 2001 stoppage loss at the hands of Manuel “Shotgun” Gomez.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at fightingwords1@gmail.com

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by FXDaKid on 04-09-2013

This dude trains out of the Mayweather Boxing Club and he is just a great, down to earth guy.. Wishing him all the best and yes, he does have something left..

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Klitschko Banking on Experience To Push Him Past Joshua "Fighting Words" - Thomas Williams Jr. Took the Hard Way Out Broner: I'm Not Gonna Lie; Granados Hurt Me One Time in Fight Igor Mikhalkin Aims To Get Back in The Mix After PED Mess Photo: Chavez Jr. Arrives To Mexico City Looking Very Slim Magomed Madiev, Khegai, Agadzhanyan Win in Moscow Promoter: To Gain Credibility, Beterbiev Has To Fight on The Road Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados - CompuBox Punch Stats Martinez Will Give Advice To Sosa Ahead of Lomachenko Fight Showtime's Espinoza on Joshua Gaining U.S. Fans, Wilder Clash Kovacs Retains WBO Euro Belt, Imre Szello Beats Garrett Wilson Broner Says He Fought For Nine-Plus Rounds With Broken Hand Avni Yildirim Crushes Alexander Sushchyts in One Broner Explains Why Mayweather Didn't Attend Granados Fight Arthur Abraham vs. Robin Krasniqi at Congress Center in Erfurt Broner: I Spoke to Bob Arum Recently About Making Pacquiao Fight Nathan Gorman Blows Away Gogita Gorgiladze With Quick KO Roy Jones Jr. Return Possible For May in Belarus, Says Hryunov Photos: Lamont Peterson Back in The Mix, Beats Avanesyan Terry Flanagan vs. Jorge Linares is The Goal, Says Frank Warren Danny Garcia: Beating Thurman Will Make Me The Face of Boxing! Photos: Adrien Broner Barely Defeats Granados - HUGE Gallery Photos: Marcus Browne Drops Williams Three Times For KO Win Daniel Dubois Inspired By Mike Tyson, Aims To Be British Version Klara Svensson Confident That Braekhus' Reign Will Be Over Browne To Adonis Stevenson: Give Me My Shot, I Want The Strap Lamont Peterson: I Want To Fight Anyone at Welterweight 30-Day Weights: Gennady Golovkin 165.1, Daniel Jacobs 174.8 Granados: They Changed The Weight, The Scale - I Beat Broner! Broner: I Was Beating Granados Up, This Was an Easy One For Me Pedro Campa Stops Marvin Quintero in Four Rounds Adrien Broner Returns To Win Split Decision Over Granados Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Lamont Peterson Decisions David Avanesyan, Captures WBA Belt Peterson vs. Avanesyan - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Marcus Browne Knocks Out Thomas Williams in The Sixth Foreman: Nobody Knew McGregor Until He Targeted Mayweather Broner vs. Granados - CompuBox Historical Review David Avanesyan Vows To Impress Against Lamont Peterson Danny Garcia: I Don't Like Thurman, He's My Enemy, It's Personal!
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement