One of the six boxing legends honoured by organisers of the GOtv Boxing Night, Obisia Nwakpa, is optimistic the event will produce elite boxing talents and world boxing champions for the country.
Speaking at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos, venue of the maiden edition of the GOtv Boxing Night, Nwakpa, affectionately called “Golden Gloves”, said he believes that the event’s stated aim of reviving Nigerian boxing will be realised.
According to the former African Commonwealth Lightweight champion, GOtv’s intervention in professional boxing will encourage amateur boxers, who dream of turning professionals, to actualise their dreams and go as far as winning world titles.
‘‘It is a good thing that GOtv has intervened in boxing in Nigeria. It is also heartwarming that for the first time, boxers were insured.
“This will drive them to put in their best and make the country proud”, he said. Nwakpa called on other corporate bodies to team up with GOtv to accelerate the revival of boxing in Nigeria.
GOtv Boxing Night, a six-fight professional boxing event that debuted last Sunday, was sponsored by GOtv, 1960 Bet, Custodian Life Assurance Plc, Paragonis Multimedia Productions, SuperSport, MultiChoice, KSquare Security and Zetaweb.
It featured six fights in five weight categories. In the biggest fight of the night, Waidi “Skoro” Usman dethroned Dare “Fighting Machine” Oyewole as the National Featherweight champion.
Other legends honoured along with Nwakpa at GOtv Boxing Night were Ray Amoo, Dele Jonathan, Joe Lasisi Hogan Jimoh and Jerry Okodudu.
The next edition of the event is slated for 25 January 2015.