By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Entertainment stars; Nollywood's John Okafor, aka Mr Ibu, and ghetto music sensation, John Odafe, aka Daddy Showkey, want some more in their other passion, boxing. And the duo have urged the Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF) to ensure Nigeria post a great outing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Mr Ibu and Showkey bared their minds to Completesportsnigeria.com on the poor state of Nigerian boxing today and the country's chances for medals haul at the Rio Games in August.
Mr Ibu said: "Boxing is no longer as attractive as it was in the 70s, 80s and 90s. I was a boxer myself even though I left it for what I do now.
"Gone are the days when Nigeria will attend the Olympics and you're sure there will be medals coming from boxing."
The the comic Mr Ibu quipped: "I think the reason is poor funding. People are no longer motivated to take to boxing. Everybody wants to be a footballer. We cannot win medals at the Olympics with the calibre of boxers we have these days. They wan thief am."
On his part, ghetto music crooner Daddy Showkey who performed at the GOTV boxing fights on Boxing Day (December 26, 2015) said:
"To discover new boxers will not be a problem if those administering the sports are serious about it.
"Those miscreants who fight at the motor parks and commit one crime or the other, what has been done to channel their energies positively?
"I don't know how we intend to win medals at major competitions like the Olympics if the welfare of the boxers are not taken care of. Our facilities are not also up to standards. Thank God for the efforts of few individuals and organisations who want to revive boxing," Daddy Showkey stated.
The National Sports Commission have stated that Nigeria will participate in only eight sporting events at the 2016 Olympics, with boxing one of them.