By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
Nigerian Boxing Board of Control ( NBB of C) has charged ring officials to always put in their best when officiating fights; saying that the body is poised to produce ring officials who will be at par with their counterparts from other parts of the World.
President of NBB of C, Dr Rafiu OLadipo gave the charge in a one day seminar organised for ring officials such as judges, referees, ring Marshalls and time keepers aimed at assessing their last year’s performance and pointing out areas of improvement for more efficient service.
According to him, the ring officials performed creditably well last year but there is still need for improvement which necessitated the seminar just as he announced that similar seminar will be held for coaches, managers, promoters and boxers to keep them abreast with the most modern rules and regulations of the game.
Oladipo who also doubles as the President General of Nigeria Football Supporters Club while expressing happiness with the successes recorded by the board last year was emphatic that the board will surpass last year’s record; saying that they will relate with all the boxing bodies as the target of the board is to produce more World champions for the country.
“I’m happy with our achievement last year because we had a total of 27 fights and we’re going to relate with all the boxing bodies like WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO, WBF and WBO because our target is to produce world champions in many weight categories.
On what the board is doing to encourage Nigerian boxers to excel in their chosen profession, he explained that they are in touch with many of the boxers in United Kingdom and the USA who have all expressed their willingness to fight in Nigeria.
Secretary General of NBB of C, Remi Aboderin while expressing happiness with the successful hosting of the seminar was optimistic that Nigerian Professional boxing will witness great improvement this year with a call on government and corporate organisations to invest in the game in order to reduce youth restiveness, crime and other social vices in the country.