.Still Seeks Support From Delta Gov. Okowa, Other Nigerians –
Nigeria’s professional wrestling heavyweight champion and titleholder, Godspower Ikpide, aka “Power Lee”, is still counting on the support from spirited Nigerians, especially his home state government; Delta, as he gets set to battle Cameroonian champion, Michel ‘Le Matraqueur’ Noudem, in the African heavyweight title fight slated for 19 September at Palais De Sports in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Power Lee says he is psychologically and physically ready to face his Cameroonian opponent in the much publicized fight tagged ‘Battle of Yaoundé’.
But, Power Lee is not too comfortable with the lukewarm attitude of his people who have refused to support his aspiration ahead of the tough fight.
The Nigerian wrestling ambassador is sending a special appeal to the Delta State sports loving Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Senator James Manager, Hon (Barr) Sir Tim Kome Owhefere, Isoko Development Union, Isoko people in Diaspora, NDDC, DESOPADEC, Isoko North and South local governments areas and well meaning Nigerians home and abroad to rally round him as the fight holds next weekend in Cameroon.
The national heavyweight champion is going into the ‘Clash of the Heavies’ as an ambassador of Nigeria, hence his resolve to bring the African heavyweight crown to the country.
Not minding the home support his Cameroonian opponent will enjoy at the ringside, Power Lee is looking forward to defeating Michel Noudem right there in front of his home crowd.
At the moment, the authorities in that country have built security around the Cameroonian champion with four security officers since the Pro Wrestling Africa (PWA) announced the fight.
“I have made so much noise, granted interviews to both print and electronic media in Nigeria and other countries and I am prepared for this fight”, Power Lee told eyeonthenews.com.
Continuing, he said: “I know that my sport loving Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has heard about my plans and I trust he will assist me to win the belt for Nigeria.
“I cannot carry the load alone on my shoulder, there are still sanctioning obligations I have not met with financially even as the dates are counting”.
The Owhe-Isoko, Delta State-born wrestler and body builder noted that his dream and life ambition has been to fight outside the shores of Nigeria.
And, with the opportunity coming his way in the ‘Battle of Yaoundé 2015’, under the Pro Wrestling Africa (PWA) with headquarters in Cameroon, Power Lee says he has been training tirelessly to win the bout.
“My opponents always have bad tales to tell and Noudem won’t be an exception come 19 September. I know he would mobilise his country folks to the ringside, but I have prepared for him. “My mission of going to Yaoundé is to win the belt”, he said.
“That is why I’m calling on Nigerians to rally their support for me because it costs a fortune to prepare and take fans to Cameroon for the fight. I must confess, it costs a lot to fight outside of Nigeria, so I need the support I can get anywhere now”, Power Lee pleaded.
Secretary of PWA, Olusesan Olukoya, a Nigerian, said if Power Lee beats the Cameroonian wrestler on 19 September, the Nigerian wrestler will have to defend the title in Nigeria within a month.
“Power Lee needs support to win this fight and will also need moral and financial assistance to prepare grounds for a good defence of the title here in Nigeria on 18 October. The Asaba Stadium has been picked for the defence if things go according to plans.
“Power Lee has confided in us that he would present the PWA African heavyweight title belt to his state governor after the fight to show how much he loves Delta State, saying it would be unique to commemorate the 24 years anniversary of the state with the title.
“To get the ringside support for Power Lee, we have been mobilising the Nigerian community as well as Nigerian students Associations in Yaoundé, Douala and some other areas in that country to have a large number of Nigerians to support our wrestler that day”, Olukoya told eyeonthenews.com in a press release.