– Atleast 20 new generation of boxers have been discovered in Lagos
– The young gladiators are between the ages of 19 and 25
The opening day of the GOtv Boxing NextGen Search delivered 20 promising boxers, who will join the professional ranks.
The two-day event which was concluded on February 18 at the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gym, is conceived to raise a fresh generation of Nigerian boxers to succeed the current one, many of whom are already ageing.
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The new boxers, whose are within 19 and 25 years of age, came from as far as Anambra and Abia states. Two of them from Anambra state, Chukwuebuka Donald and Ebube Edeh are already tipped for big surprises.
In a speech by Adewunmi Ogunsanya, chairman, MultiChoice Nigeria, explained that the need to set up a production line of boxers for all weight categories in a bid to take boxing many notches higher.
Read on his behalf by Jenkins Alumona, CEO of Flykite Sports, Ogunsanya said the new initiative will make the sport self-regenerating.
The event featured sparring sessions, with boxers watched and assessed by a five-man judges panel headed by famous boxing instructor, Joe Mensah.
Speaking with one of the participants who gave his name as Hakeem Kareem Olayiwola, he disclosed that boxing had been his passion and this is just the best tenet for him to show what he is made of.
“I have been looking for an opportunity like this. I have been a boxer for a while now and I believe that someday soon I would shock the world. Nigeria is blessed with great talents and to be here is a great privilege,” he said.
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Also on the panel are Obisia Nwakpa and Jerry Okorodudu.
Selected boxers will have their licences paid for by the sponsors, who will also pay for free medical examination for the boxers.
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