By Tunde Oyedele –
The 2014 GOtv Boxing Night ended successfully on Sunday, 23 November, with Waidi ‘Skoro’ Usman emerging the most celebrated boxer of the show, eyeonthesports.com reports.
Skoro, as the brilliant boxer is fondly called by his fans, defeated Dare ‘Fighting Machine’ Oyewole when his opponent surrendered midway into the bout, and was declared winner of the National Featherweight Title of the Professional Boxing event held at the Indoor Sports of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.
Eyeonthesports.com reports that soon after his bout, the shouts of ‘Skoro’ rented the air as the boxer was carried shoulder high by the jubilant boxing fans who thronged the Sports Hall to enjoy the well attended boxing show.
“I’m just happy for my victory against Oyewole, he is a good boxer but I think I fought him hard enough to make him surrender in our bout. I also thank my fans for their support, which boosted my morale”, an elated Usman told eyeonthesports.com after the his fight.
Former Commonwealth Light Heavyweight champion, Joe Lasisi and Obisia Nwakpa, Nigeria’s former Commonwealth champion said they were impressed by Skoro’s performance against his opponent.
In some of the other fights staged during the GOtv Boxing night, Rasheed ‘Áfonja Warrior’ Bolaji out-punched Dele ‘Lagelu Adeleke in the Light
Middleweight bout, and also emerged the Best Boxer of show.
However, the Heavyweight bout between Adewale ”Tiger’ Abbey and Tope ‘Young’ Ogunshakin was declared a no contest fight following complaints by Abbey that his opponent jabbed him below the belt.
Martin Mabutho, the Marketing Manager of MultiChoice Nigeria, co-sponsor of the event, said his company made a statement of its readiness to lift boxing in Nigeria by staging the GOtv Boxing Night, and promised the fans to expect more of such shows soon.
Meanwhile, the organisers and sponsors of the GOtv Boxing Night fulfilled their promise, as they honoured Lasisi, Nwakpa, Ray Amao, former Commonwealth Super Flyweight champion, Hogan Jimoh, former Commonwealth Bantamweight champion and ex-Olympian, Jeremiah Okorodudu as legends of Nigerian boxing at the show.