Okowa to set up LOC for Power Lee’s African Pro Wrestling title defence
DETERMINED to stage a successful African Pro Wrestling (PWA) contest next month, Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has concluded plans to set up a Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the heavyweight clash between Nigeria’s Ikpide God’s Power (De Great Power Lee) and Angola’s Marvelous Buffalo.
The fight, which was earlier scheduled for November 19 last year, was moved forward following suggestion by Governor Okowa that proper planning should be made before the contest takes place. It is expected to hold on March 6 in Asaba.
Power Lee, a native of Owhe in Isoko North local government area of Delta State, made Nigerians proud on September 19 last year by beating homeboy, Michel Noudem, in front of his supporters in Yaounde, Cameroun, to win the title.
The Nigerian won the ‘battle of Cameroun’ in a ‘pin fall’ after 50 minutes to wrestle the crown, which was held by a Camerounian heavyweight wrestler, Super Makia, for 28 years before he retired in June last year.
The Guardian learnt yesterday that Governor Okowa had mandated the Chairman of Delta Sports Commission, Tony Okowa, so as to have a smooth preparation for the fight. The LOC will be made of prominent sports personalities, including some representatives from the camp of the wrestler, Power Lee.
The March 6 Pro Wrestling contest in Asaba will see Power Lee facing Angola’s Marvelous Buffalo, who is the best pro wrestler in Southern African region.
The contest will also attract professional wrestlers from Egypt, Congo DR, Cameroun, Ghana and Benin Republic with international officials expected from the Pro Wrestling body in Glasgow, Scotland.
Power Lee and some members of his team are expected to hit Asaba today to hold talks with officials of Delta Sports Commission as part of preparations for the March 6 contest. He has been Nigeria’s heavyweight pro wrestling title holder since December 2010, beating all those that came his way.