The eighth edition of GOtv Boxing Night is set to take centre stage as boxers compete to win the N1 million cash prize and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy inside the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos on 30 July.
This was disclosed by the organizers on Tuesday at a press conference held at the Old Skool Restaurant within the National Stadium Complex. Jenkins Alumona, CEO of Flykite Sports, promoters of the event, told journalists that the coming edition, tagged GOtv Boxing Night 8, will be more explosive than the previous editions. According to him, the night is a special edition, and will be dedicated to the late boxing icon, Muhammad Ali who died June 3 after long battle with Parkinson’s disease at aged 74.
“This edition will be in honour of Muhammed Ali, the boxing icon who died recently. We wanted to give fans a big night, that was why we took time to select these boxers; and we gave them enough time to prepare. We have high-calibre match-ups in every fight. This edition will feature a national middleweight boxing title defence by Sunny “King” Hammer, reigning champion, who will take on West African middleweight champion Rasheed “Afonja Warrior” Abolaji. We have also brought in other big names and rising stars of boxing in Nigeria,” said Alumona.
Speaking further, GOtv Public Relations Manager, Efe Obioma revealed that fans will get some free gifts courtesy of the GOtv brands, official sponsors of the Boxing Night. “About 50 decoders will be distributed to fans as usual, and the N1 million cash prize for the best boxers. GOtv is more committed to the revival of professional boxing in Nigeria, and we even have some other free gifts items like branded GOtv Boxing Night T-shirts, face-towels; including 100 Muhammad Ali GOtv branded T-shirts for the fans,” She stated.
In his own reaction, representative of Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBBofC) and board member, Rafiu Ladipo expressed his gratitude for the effort GOtv in reviving boxing in Nigeria. We (NBBofC) are grateful to GOtv for coming to revive the game of boxing in Nigeria, all we need to do is to continue giving our support. Many young Nigerians are now coming into boxing, before it wasn’t like that; we lost most of our youths because there was no solid platform. This wouldn’t have been possible if not for GOtv, I consider the boxers to be lucky for this kind of opportunity which they have,” Ladipo who doubles as President General of Nigerian Football and other Sports Supporters Club stated.
Apart from the title fight, the event will see national light welterweight champion, Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, slug it out with Joseph “Blacky Joe” Adeniji in a challenge contest. In the welterweight category, Stanley “Edo Boy” Eribo will fight Dele “Lagelu” Adeleke, while Waidi “Skoro’ Usman will duel with David “Lucky Boy” Ekpeyong in the featherweight category. There is also a super middleweight challenge contest between Matthew “Wizeman” Obinna and Samuel “Lion Heart” Igbokwe. The sixth fight of the night will be a national light welterweight challenge between Rilwan ‘Baby Face” Babatunde and Shakiru “No Shaking” Lateef.
The GOtv Boxing Night is Sponsored by GOtv, and will be broadcast live by SuperSport in 47 African countries. The event is also supported by MultiChoice, Paragonis Multimedia LImited, KSquare Security, Complete Sports, Brila FM, Bond FM and Newsbreak.ng.