By James Agberebi:
Semi-finalists have emerged at the on-going 1st Kenneth Minimah National Open Boxing Championship which is taking place inside the Indoor Sports Hall, National Stadium, Lagos.
In some of the quarter-final bouts decided on Thursday, 2014 Commonwealth Games boxer, Waheed Shogbamu defeated Salawu Kabiru from Rivers State via technical knockout, Aliu Ibrahim from Lagos State beat Bayelsa State's Onyeka Uchejim, Rotimi Abayomi from Borno overcame Kazeem Soliu from Ogun, Taiwo Abiodun from Lagos got the better of Tayo Olaifa from Benue while it was victory for Mutiu Fatai from Oyo who emerged victor against Delta State's Alufa Aghogho.
But it was a shocker for 2014 Commonwealth boxer Sikiru Fatai as he surprisingly lost to Sanusi Abiodun of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
And speaking with Complete Sports after his shock victory, Abiodun expressed his delight for the win.
"I feel happy winning against a national boxer who has represented Nigeria in international championships. I really thank God for the victory."
The diminutive boxer, stated that he had the confidence that he would emerge victorious.
"I knew I will defeat him because I trained very well for the fight. My plans now is to continue to do well in this trials and hopefully represent Nigeria at the All Africa Games."
Meanwhile, the semi-final will hold today at the Brai Ayonote Boxing Gymnasium.