Ike Quartey: The only fight I genuinely lost was against Fernando Vargas


One of those defeats came against Vargas in April 2000, with the American winning via a unanimous decision.

Quartey, however, believes that was the only genuine loss in his career, insisting he didn’t prepare adequately for that bout.

“The Vargas fight was my only genuine loss. I didn’t prepare well. I arrived at the camp late,” he told Joy Sports.

The former WBA welterweight champion was a household name in the sport from the late 1980s to the mid-2000s.

The Bukom-born boxer represented Ghana at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and went on to achieve an amazing career.

Quartey retired on 42 fights, impressively winning 37 times – 31 of which were by way of knock out – four losses and one draw.

The 51-year-old has, however, lived a quiet life away from the media since hanging his gloves in the mid-2000s.


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