–At Gotv Boxing Night
With one million naira up for grabs for the best boxer of the night, some of the best pros in Nigeria are set to do battle at the third edition of GOtv Boxing Night at the indoor sports hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos tonight.
Six bouts are expected to feature in the package put together by Fly kite Promotions with former Olympian, Onoriode Ekwarieme and Olufemi Ajayi, who won a silver medal for Nigeria at 2007 Africa games in Algiers topping the bill.
Other notable names are Accra based female boxer, Helen Joseph and Olaide Fijabi who is making a second appearance at this show.
Fijabi, clearly the fans favourite at the last edition of Gotv Night last March, carted home the best boxer trophy and is poised for a repeat at this third edition.
His trainer, Joe Mensah assured during a chat with Complete Sports that he expects nothing but a clear victory from his fighter come Sunday.
“We have trained well for this fight and I can assure you that Fijabi will surely win his bout,” Mensah, renowned for producing champion like Segun Ajose said Thursday.
Fijabi fights Kazeem Ariyo in a light welterweight challenge contest a lot will be at stake for Fijabi, a former national champion who is making only his second appearance as professional.
“We plan to guide his career carefully because a lot is expected from him. I believe he is one for the future that’s why I’m at his corner,” the coach confidently said.
Coach Mensah also hinted that Ekarieme will not have an easy ride over his opponent, Adewale Masebinu in their scheduled heavyweight fight.
“My fighter won’t come to the ring to respect anyone,” the coach warned.
But Ehkarieme is already looking beyond his opponent, the lanky boxer best remembered for his e8th best rating at the world boxing championships in 2009 is already thinking of equalling Sam Peters feat in the heavyweight category.
Onos as he is popularly called has no doubt that he will come out tops on Sunday. “My dream is to become the next Nigerian heavyweight champion of the world, I will surely win.”
Sunday Ajunwa is expected to put Ajayi’s dream of becoming the best boxer of the night to test as both boxers square up in their cruiserweight bout.
Ajayi, a 2006 Commonwealth games medallist was a force to reckon with when he campaigned in welterweight category a few years back, he mount the roped square with a lot to prove to his fans.
Helen Joseph faces Ghana ‘ s Gifty Ankrah with the sole aim of keeping fit ahead another possible shot at the world title.
The Accra based Nigerian female boxer has tried four times to land a shot at the world title and four times she has hit a brick wall with the last effort as recent as April, 2015 when she failed to secure a visa to the United States where she was to fight Jennifer Han in an IBF featherweight world title.
Joseph will be hoping that a good outing against Ankrah will not only keep her fit but brighten her chances of relaunching her career.
A national light middleweight title fight between Sule Olagbade and Rasheed Abolaji completes the night’s bill.