–As Dauda Azeez emerges Gov’s belt champion
The Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola has promised to put machineries in place to ensure the smooth running of the Monthly Saturday Boxing Show even after leaving office.
Fashola, who addressed spectators at the 6th Governor’s Belt competition to mark the end of the year, held at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, expressed satisfaction at the effort of the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame in organizing the competition over the years despite the limited funds available. This according to him has informed his determination to keep the competition running in his absence.
“We have sustained this competition over the years with just one million naira for every edition, but that will have to increase to two million naira before I leave office. We will also constitute an endowment fund raising committee for the next five years and I will be making a personal donation of ten million naira to this course.
“We have also been told that most of our amateur boxers now want to go professional and this I consider a good development, so we are going to sponsor them in the pursuance of their career.
The monthly boxing competition which is at the grass root has since assumed an international dimension. We had partnership with the Repton Boxing Club of England and now our brothers from Ghana are here to celebrate with us,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dauda Azeez from Lagos State, who defeated his Ghanaian counterpart Suleman Tetteh emerges as the winner of this year’s Governor’s Belt, a prize for the best boxer of the day.
Other bouts that took place on the day saw Otto Joseph overcome Musa Ramon Lawson, Soliu Akinbode lost to Taiwo Abiodun, and Samuel Ebohen got the better of Rasheed Kazeem.
In the women’s category, the duo of Yetunde Odunuga and Nike Salami were victorious over Evelyn Adebayo and Abigail Quartey (Ghana) respectively.