Nigeria, Ghana Rekindle Rivalry In Boxing

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Nigeria and Ghana would renew their age-old sporting rivalry when boxers from both nations clash at the GOtv Boxing Night 9, at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, on October 2, 2016.

The fight line-up, announced by the event promoters, Flykite Promotions, during a press conference in Lagos yesterday, Tuesday, would see national champion Olaide ‘Fijaborn’ Fijabi box it out with elite Ghanaian boxer Raphael Kwabena King in one of two bouts involving both nations.

In the other international challenge bout, National Lightweight champion Oto ‘Joe Boy’ Joseph would square-up to Ghana’s Richard Amenfu.

The managing director of Flykite, Jenkins Alumona, described both Ghanaian boxers as “crack opponents.”

“King and Amenfu are highly rated in their country which, as we know, is one of Africa’s boxing powerhouses. They have been picked to provide tough tests for our boxers and fans can expect blockbuster bouts. There is the additional edge of national pride and massive bragging rights,” explained Alumona.

The boxing series would, for the first time, feature more than six bouts, in celebration of the country’s independence and the fifth anniversary of GOtv’s operations in the nation.

Idowu ‘ID Cabasa’ Okusote and Ekeng ‘Fighting Policeman’ Henshaw would vie for the national cruiserweight championship; Sikiru ‘Omo Iya Eleja’ Shogbesan will slug it out with Prince ‘Lion’ Nwoye in the lightweight division; Semiu ‘Jagaban’ Olapade and Ebubechukwu ‘Coded Man’ Edeh in the light middleweight dvision; Kabiru ‘KB Godson’ Towolawi will face Emmanuel ‘Mopol Man’ Igwe in a light heavyweight challenge contest, while reigning champion Jude ‘Great Jude’ Iloh would try Adewale ‘Masevex’ Masebinu for size in another light heavyweight clash.

The best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1.5m and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.


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