Five legends of Nigerian boxing will be honoured on 23 November 2014 at the GOtv Boxing Night, a professional boxing event scheduled to hold at the Indoor Sports of the National Stadium in Lagos.
The event, which is sponsored by GOtv, Custodian Life Assurance Plc, Paragonis Multimedia Productions and Zetaweb, is aimed at sparking a revival of boxing in the country.
Those to be honoured are Joe Lasisi, former Commonwealth Light Heavyweight champion; Obisia Nwakpa; former WBC Light Middleweight world Tittle contender and Commonwealth champion; Ray Amao, former Commonwealth Super Flyweight champion; Hogan Jimoh, former Commonwealth Bantamweight champion and ex-Olympian, Jeremiah Okorodudu.
The decision to recognise the contributions of the legends to the sport was recently disclosed by Jenkins Alumona, promoter of GOtv Boxing Night and Managing Director/CEO, Flykite Productions.
Each of the five legends, Alumona said, will receive a commemorative plaque for excelling in the sport and bringing honour to the country during their active days.
The gesture, he explained, is to motivate aspiring professional boxers to surpass the achievements of the legends.
GOtv Boxing Night, which has been sanctioned by the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), will feature six fights in different weight categories. The biggest bout on the card is the National Featherweight title duel between Dare “Fighting Machine” Oyewole and Waidi.
There is also the Heavyweight contest between Adewale “Tiger” Abbey and Tope “Young” Ogunshakin. David ‘Lucky Boy’ Ekpeyong will duel with Muhammed “Fearless” Tijani in the Featherweight category, while Chijioke “Painless” Nigige will do battle with Sunday”Capo” Olalekan in the Middleweight category.
For the Light Welterweight contest, Stanley “Edo Boy” Johnson fight Saheed “Happy Boy” Olayiwola, while Dele “Lagelu” Adeleke will fight Rasheed “Afonja Warrior” Abolaji in the Light Middleweight contest.
General Manager Marketing, MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho, subscriber services providers for Gotv, also says more of Nigeria’s boxing greats will be honoured at future editions of the Gotv boxing night. ” We must honour our heroes and this provides an opportunity to do so”.
The evening will witness the first live telecast of Nigerian boxing recent memory.