Plange Ready To Challenge Rigondeaux For WBA Title

Ghana’s undefeated bantamweight contender, Jessie Manyo Plange, says he is ready to crash anyone who comes his way in his quest to become a world champion.

Title hopes

Plange has targeted the World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight crown and is anticipating a clash with title holder, Guilermo Rigondeaux of Cuba.

The 32-year-old Ghanaian has seen his bright career dip after suffering managerial setbacks. However, the composed boxer is looking forward to work harder to land himself a world title shot.


In an interview with Daily Graphic, Plange described Rigondeaux as an experienced fighter but was hopeful of upsetting him in a slugfest.

“I am waiting patiently for my chance so I can prove myself to the world. I know Rigondeaux is big but I’m ready for anyone that stands in my way.”

“The time is now and I have to take my chances when they come. I’m sure by next year; I will get the opportunity to become a world champion.”

Current ranking

The hard-hitting fighter is currently rated sixth in the bantamweight division by the WBA after dispatching Nigeria’s Sherif Kareem in four rounds to win the vacant West African Boxing Union super flyweight title last January.

With the new ratings, Plange could be in line for the world championship when boxing returns to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trainer’s belief

However, Plange’s trainer, Lartekwei Lartey, believes it was just a matter of time for his fighter to add his name to Ghana’s rich boxing history.

“I think everything was in order for him to get a shot but the pandemic has delayed it. We hope for great news once everything returns to normal.”

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