David Kotey was a world featherweight boxing champion between 1975 and 1976 and was also the first Ghanaian professional boxer to win a world title. He was popularly called “D.K. Poison”.
These facts prove David Kotey aka D.K Poison is truly a legend.
He started his boxing career in Bukom a suburb in Accra.
David Kotey turned professional under trainer Attuquaye Clottey.
His first professional bout was on 5th February 1966 in Accra when he outpointed his opponent over six rounds.
He became the national featherweight champion in 1966.
He won the African featherweight title on 2 February 1974 when he knocked out Tahar Ben Hassen in the first round of a scheduled 15 round fight in Tunis, Tunisia.
Later on 7 December 1974, he also won the Commonwealth featherweight title with a technical knock out over Evans Armstrong, a British boxer in round 10 of a scheduled 15 rounds bout.
The Ghana government gave him an estate house at Teshie-Nungua, an Accra suburb in honour of this achievement in boxing.
He, however, lost the title in his third defence on 6 November 1976 by unanimous points decision to Danny “Little Red” Lopez in a fierce fight in Accra, Ghana.
He is married with three daughters.
He also defeated Fuku Yama in Japan. He loaned an amount of 45,000 dollars to the Government of Ghana, then led by Ignatius Kutu Acheampong. According to Kotei, the money was part of his reward for defending his title against Japan’s Fuku Yama in 1976.
We are proud he set the pace for other top boxers to follow his feat. From Bukom to the World, we are proud of you Sir!!!