By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
Vice President of Nigeria Boxing Federation, Brigadier General Joseph Ayeni ( rtd,) said the annual champion of champions competition was revived to enable the Federation determine real champions of the various weight categories and avoid ambiguity in rating boxers as well as revive the fortune of Nigerian boxing.
The Federation last Friday at the Brai Ayonote Boxing Gym of the National Stadium, Surulere. Lagos, held this year’s edition of the tournament for both male and female pugilists in 15 different weight categories.
Gen. Ayeni told New Nigerian Sports that in the past when the competition was sponsored by the defunct National Oil, many talented pugilists who later won laurels for the country were discovered ,assuring that the re- introduction of the championship is necessary to uplift the standard of the sports in the country.
” The champion of champions tournament is an important event in the annual calendar of the NBF. When the tournament was being sponsored by National Oil at the Eagles Club, it helped to produce many talented boxers who later did the country proud at the amateur and the paid ranks and that’ s why we’ re taking it serious”, he explained.
According to him, the competition coming few days after the National Sports Festival was planned to determine the real champions in the various weight categories and plan for next year.
On what to expect from the Federation in 2019, he stated that they will keep improving on their achievements just as he promised that there will be no dull moment in the Federation next year.
,” Our target next year is not only to surpass our achievement but to return Nigeria back to its leading position in not only at the continental level but at the Commonwealth and World level”, he concluded.