GOtv set to rebirth boxing in Nigeria
For many years old boxers stayed away from the National Stadium in Lagos, following the death of boxing in Nigerian. But there is hope for Boxers in Nigeria as boxing is set to regain its leadership position following the decision of Pay TV, GOtv, to sponsor a boxing championship in Lagos.
The competition will feature 12 of the best boxers in the country in various weight categories. Martin Maputo, GOtv’s managing director, told reporters in a press briefing in Lagos that the championship tagged “GOtv Boxing Night” which has been endorsed by the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) will hold on November 23 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.
According to Maputo, the six-bout encounter which will feature a national featherweight title was supported by Custodian Life Insurance Limited for N2m insurance cover for the boxers while about 50 GOtv decoders will be distributed to lucky winners as plaques would also be presented to veteran boxers for their contributions.
GOtv has also promised to beam a live telecast of the fights to the rest of the world.
The “GOtv Boxing Night” will feature the national featherweight title fight between Dare “Fighting Machine” Oyewole against Waidi “Skoro” Usman as the main bout. While Oyewole will be aiming to put smiles on the faces of his people (Sango Otta), Usman will be targeting victory for his supporters from Ajegunle (AJ City).
The supporting bouts include a light welterweight contest between Stanley “Edo Boy” Johnson from Benin City and Saheed ‘Happy Boy’ Olayiwola from Festac, Lagos.
In another non-title fight, Adewale “Tiger” Abbey, also from Sango Otta, will trade punches with Tope “Young” Ogunshakin of Lagos Island, just as Chijoke “Painless” Ngigi (Surulere) will face Sunday “Capo” Olalekan (Orile) in the heavyweight class.
The light middleweight contest will be between Dele “Lagelu” Adeleke of AJ City and Rasheed “Afonja Warrior” Abolaji of Oyingbo, just as David “Lucky Boy” Ekpeyoung (Yaba) will do battle with Muhammed “Fearless” Tijani (Lagos Island) in the featherweight class.
Source: Business Day 14 November 2014