GOtv Boxing; stakeholders, fans laud organisers
From; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
Stakeholders and boxing fans in the country have lauded GOtv, title sponsors of GOtv boxing night, for the successful organization of the fourth edition of the six-bout professional boxing event and their contributions to the revival of the sport.
The event, which held last Sunday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, left stakeholders and the audience in rapture.
Secretary-General of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), Remi Aboderin described the championship as the lifeline that has saved the sport from going into extinction.
“Everybody associated with boxing must be grateful to GOtv for rescuing the sport from the doldrums. Without funding and high quality organization by GOtv and Flykite Productions, the promoters, I wonder what would have happened to boxing,” he said.
Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, President-General of the Nigerian Supporters Club and member of the NBB of C, shares similar sentiments. “GOtv has offered boxers the opportunity of fighting more regularly, something that was not happening before, and the sport is back on a sound footing. If we keep this up, the sport will fully recover in no time,” he said. Fans at the event were effusive in their commendations for the sponsors, with many hoping that the event grows and for the country to produce a world champion soon.
Ottoh “Joe Boy” Joseph was the revelation of the fourth edition of the championship as he was named the best boxer of the event. He defeated Nurudeen “Prince” Fatai in a national lightweight challenge contest to win the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial trophy and the cash prize of N1m.
Another winner on the night was Waidi “Skoro” Usman, the West African Featherweight champion, who knocked out Taofik “Taozon” Bisuga in the fourth round of their eight-round contest. Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, first winner of the N1m jack pot also came out triumphant when he defeated Saheed “Happy Boy” Olayiwola by a fifth round knockout of their Light Welterweight challenge contest. Isiaka “Easy Lion” Yusuf was knocked out by Stanley “Edo Boy” Eribo in the third round of their national featherweight challenge bout.
The night’s major bout saw Nigeria’s Isaac Ekpo, a former Commonwealth Super Middleweight champion dominating Burkina Faso’s Jules Kabore, who he knocked out in the 5th round of the scheduled 10-round bout. The first fight of the night featured Jamiu “Naval Man” Olabode against Pelumi “Haggler” Sodubi, who was knocked out in the 2nd round.