a charitable foundation to create and provide opportunity to the Ghanaian boxing community especially to the small town of Bukom

The Streetwise Foundation

a charitable foundation to create and provide opportunity to the Ghanaian boxing community especially to the small town of Bukom

The Streetwise Foundation

Background

On the coast in Ghana is the neighbourhood of Bukom. Situated in Jamestown Accra this deprived community produces Ghana’s fighters. Jamestown was named after the fort built by the British to hold slaves before being shipped off to the Americas.

This tiny community has produced more boxing world champions per square foot than any other place on
earth. Some believe that generations of fishing has eventually developed genetics most suitable for this
work. Bodies that can cope with high intensity work with little rest over a prolonged period of time. Boxing demands the same. This history combined with limited employment opportunities gives boys little choice. You fish or you fight.

Local Hero

Here the community is tight knit and Richard is respected by all and a hero to most.
He is a shining example of what you can achieve by clean living, dedication and self belief. Life has been tough and he knows the bleak future that awaits the neighbourhood kids as the grow up. The kids know it too. So they train and they train. Despite worn out gloves, no gum shields, broken headguards, they persist, they have no choice.
Richard Commey has never seen a photograph of himself as a child. It puts into perspective how different childhood is for many in the world compared to us in the west. Photographer Jim Fenwick was so moved by this that that he decided to make sure the all the child boxers in Accra would not go without a record of themselves in childhood.
These portraits were used to make a custom fabric that Richard has worn for his two successful world title fights.

Now the kids go into the ring with RC when he fights.

Thank You

Background

On the coast in Ghana is the neighbourhood of Bukom. Situated in Jamestown Accra this deprived community produces Ghana’s fighters. Jamestown was named after the fort built by the British to hold slaves before being shipped off to the Americas.

This tiny community has produced more boxing world champions per square foot than any other place on
earth. Some believe that generations of fishing has eventually developed genetics most suitable for this
work. Bodies that can cope with high intensity work with little rest over a prolonged period of time. Boxing demands the same. This history combined with limited employment opportunities gives boys little choice. You fish or you fight.

Local Hero

Here the community is tight knit and Richard is respected by all and a hero to most.
He is a shining example of what you can achieve by clean living, dedication and self belief. Life has been tough and he knows the bleak future that awaits the neighbourhood kids as the grow up. The kids know it too. So they train and they train. Despite worn out gloves, no gum shields, broken headguards, they persist, they have no choice.
Richard Commey has never seen a photograph of himself as a child. It puts into perspective how different childhood is for many in the world compared to us in the west. Photographer Jim Fenwick was so moved by this that that he decided to make sure the all the child boxers in Accra would not go without a record of themselves in childhood.
These portraits were used to make a custom fabric that Richard has worn for his two successful world title fights.

Now the kids go into the ring with RC when he fights.

Thank You

michael@streetwisemanagement.co.uk

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