.GOOD JAB: Nigerian boxer Gifted Cole (left) lands a straight jab to the face of Mexican champion Yair Agular during their Middleweight World Boxing Federation, WBF Title fight in Atlanta last week. –
Story By Tunde Oyedele –
Reverend Omeaku Cole Chiori has sent a passionate appeal to the sports loving Nigerians including governments at both the Federal, State and Local Government levels to support his son, Gifted Cole Chiori, who is currently making waves in professional boxing.
Eyeonthenews.com reports that the undefeated Nigerian boxer, Gifted Cole knocked out Mexican champion Yair Agular in round 3 of a 10-round Middleweight World Boxing Federation, WBF Title fight in Atlanta last week.
Gifted Cole put his WBF Title on the line when he entered the roped square with Agular, but the referee stopped the fight after Cole sent a deadly blow which sent Agular to kiss the canvass. With the bout ending in his favour, the Nigerian has increased his victories to 12, winning 10 of the bouts on knockouts.
Reacting to his son’s recent achievement in Atlanta on 21 June, Rev. Cole Chiori, who spoke to eyeonthenews.com said: “I’m proud of him because he has made our family, Nigeria and indeed Africa proud. I was not in Atlanta to watch the fight physically but I have seen some clips of how he defeated the Mexican and I’m happy he won the bout. He is a good ambassador of this country”.
Continuing, Gifted Cole’s father, who is a retired boxer, however appealed to corporate Nigeria, spirited individuals and governments to come and join hands with ‘Team Gifted Cole’ to enable the boxer rise to the zenith of his career.
Reve. Cole chiori further disclosed to eyeonthenews.com in an interview that Gifted Cole attained his present status through personal efforts.
“My son is the first African boxer to win the WBF Title in his category, and this is the time he needs the support of Nigerians home and abroad. He needs moral and financial back up to move higher in his chosen profession”, Rev. Cole Chiori told this online newspaper.
The proud Rev. Cole Chiori, who will clock 69 years on 2 July, and mark his 40th Wedding Anniversary with his wife, Juliana Otah Cole Chiori on 12 July, 2015 in Festac Town, Lagos, however said he cannot wait to have a feel of his son’s belt.
“Gifted Cole promised to come and present the WBF belt to me as my birthday gift and also to mark our 40th Wedding Anniversary in Lagos. All of us are anxiously waiting to touch the belt”, the Reverend concluded.
Eyeonthenews.com recalls that the America-based Nigerian boxer defeated German champion Tom Reiche and Michael Sunkett of Louisville, Kentucky in previous bouts.