Academy Boxing Championship for less-privileged youths, says Ige
Sponsor of the fourth Academy Boxing Championship, Ige Albert, has promised to lift many young vulnerable youths out of poverty using the beautiful science.
Albert, also known as Up Jesus, at the weekend, told journalists that the competition, which serves as part of the activities to mark his birthday on Independence Day yearly, said the competition is looking at taking the youth off the streets.
He said the competition, held at Agarawu Square, Lagos Island, has so far encouraged many youths to channel their strength to boxing and other sports, as well as help create employment opportunities for the poor of the society.
Albert Said: “I noticed over the years that some youths in Lagos Island area are tough and wild in their behaviour.
“In a bid to reduce the rate of violence in the area, I decided to invest in the boxing championship to help them channel their strength to something productive, which is boxing.
“It is another way to empower them. I am happy the tournament has been impressive. This is the fourth edition of the championship and the over all winner will go home with a special belt and N50, 000.
“Boys and girls in primary and secondary schools are also taking part in the event to catch them young. Prizes will be given to the participants to encourage them develop more skills in boxing,” he said.
Head Coach of Supreme Boxing Club, Ajibade Musiliu Olusegun, who expressed delight on the successful organisation of the championship, said over 10 boxing clubs, as well as the Nigeria Army boxing unit, presented men and women boxers in different categories at the event.
He added that the major target of the championship is to churn out more boxing talents from the grassroots, who will represent the country at international engagements in future.