By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A Super lightweight Nigerian boxer, Ayanfe Adeoye, will on Saturday May 1, 2021 slug it out in his first professional fight against Ghanaian boxer, Emmanuel Allotey in Ghana.
The 20 years old Ibadan born boxer’s, popularly called battleboy is expected to have his six rounds bout coming up at Lebanon house Accra, Ghana around 5:00pm Nigerian time.
Adeoye, while speaking online from Ghana before the fight said he is optimistic of coming out victoriously and promise to dedicate the victory to Almighty God and Nigeria as his country.
“My ambition is to make boxing move to number sport in Nigeria. I want to be a great example to the younger ones that you can still be a boxer and be a decent person. It’s a sport and not for “thugs” like most people perceive. And most importantly, I want to make boxing great in Nigeria like other greatest Nigerian born boxer”, he said.
Adeoye added, ” I am looking up to the likes of the greatest Muhammed Alli, Lennox Lewis and Sugar Ray Leonard and my brother and a role model, ‘The Champ’ Anthony Joshua”.
On boxing development in Nigeria, Adeoye said he really put all the blame on the government as government alone cannot do everything but appeal to government to also pay attention to boxing like football because there are lots of potentials and talents in boxing as well.
“I won’t really like to put it all on the government. Even corporate brands can come in and sponsor stand out boxers. It doesn’t have to be financially, but it could be boxing gears, supplement and other training facilities”..