Fashola Salutes Female Boxing Champ

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola has commended Aishat Oriyomi, the first female boxer to win the annual Governor’s Belt since its inception in 2009.
Aishat Oriyomi, a Lagos State boxer, made history by winning the belt on Thursday at the 48th monthly Saturday Boxing Show tagged: ‘Governor’s Belt’.
While presenting the belt to Oriyomi, Governor Fashola commended her for putting in all her best to be victorious at the show.
“Her performance should encourage her other female colleagues to also put in their best in this game they desired most”, Fashola said.
According to Fashola, Lagos State will continue to produce world class boxers to replace ageing ones.
Oriyomi, 25, was adjudged the best boxer for the year 2013 when she defeated her Ogun State counterpart, Onome Odion 2-1 in the pulsating 54kg category.
A gold medalist at the 17th National Sports Festival in Port Harcourt, Oriyomi also won silver at the 18th edition of the festival in Lagos in 2012.
The champion, who expressed appreciation to the organisers of the event, attributed her victory to regular training and hard work.
“Above all, I give glory to God Almighty for His support for me to make history as the first female Governor’s Belt champion.
“The history will forever remain indelible and will also boost my career in boxing.
“I can assure that my victory would also psyche up my other female colleagues to put in more efforts and also make history in this career”, Oriyomi said.
In the other bouts of the day, Taiwo Agbaje of Lagos defeated Abiodun Sanusi of Ogun 2-1 in the 56kg, Kazeen Shoyoye defeated Olanrewaju Olokode of Lagos 2-1 in the 60kg category.
The 64kg was won by Wahab Shogbesan of Ogun who defeated Kazeem Saka of Lagos 3-0.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the last show for the year was usually tagged Governor’s Belt, which was held on Thursday, a public holiday, instead of the usual Saturday.
The show, held at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Yaba, was witnessed by many boxing enthusiasts and top government functionaries, including the state governor, Fashola.
The previously held four editions were won by male boxers with Rasheed Lawal as the maiden champion in 2009.
Taiwo Agbaje won the second and third editions in 2010 and 2011 while Olaide Fijabi won the fourth edition in 2012.

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