Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, one of the most exciting boxers at GOtv Boxing Night 7, has expressed delight that he was able to make his professional debut shortly after turning pro.
The 20-year old, who defeated the more experienced Tope “Berinja” Agboola in their light welterweight challenge bout at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, on Sunday, is one of the discoveries of the GOtv Boxing NextGen Search.
“I never thought it would come so soon. I have seen many boxers turn pro and not get fights. I really thank the sponsors and the organisers for making this possible. I am now confident of kicking on from here,” said Baby Face.
Another debutant, Chukwuebuka “Wise King” Ezewudo, conqueror of Ganiyu “Energy” Kolawole in a middleweight clash, is also glowing that he has made his debut. “I am very happy. The whole of Africa watched me made my debut. It was made sweeter by the fact that I won the fight. Big thanks to the sponsors,” said the graduate of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search who defeated a fellow graduate.
Despite losing his first pro bout, Kolawole is happy that he made his debut. “Losing is not the end of the world. Boxers lose every time and come back to win. I am just happy that I was part of GOtv Boxing Night 7 and will remember my first fight forever,” he said.
Osamudiamen “Chisel” Goodluck shares similar sentiments. The graduate of the GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, who was defeated by Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu in their lightweight challenge bout, said the loss did not affect the joy he feels at finally making his bow as a pro. ” I have a fight under my belt and I hope to have other fights in the futrure,” he said.
The star of the night, however, was Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, who won the national lightweight title by dethroning Nurudeen “Prince” Fatai by unanimous decision in their explosive 12-round fight.
In addition to the title, Joe Boy won the N1m cash prize for the best boxer of the evening and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy for the second time.