I’m coming for your ABU title, boxer Oladosu tells Joeboy
In December last year, reigning West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, Rilwan ‘Real One’ Oladosu emerged the best boxer of the night at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, pocketing the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy and N3 million cash prize. It was the 17th edition of the GOtv Boxing Night.
Now, the stage is set for the 18th edition of the event on Easter Sunday in Ibadan, but Oladosu is not among the boxers slated to entertain the fans. He wants action, and his aim is to upset the reigning African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight champion, Nigeria’s Oto ‘Joeboy’ Joseph.
At a ceremony in Lagos on Tuesday to unveil the boxers ahead of the April 21 showdown at the Obafemi Awolowo (formerly Liberty) Stadium in Ibadan, an angry Oladosu challenged Joeboy to a fight saying: “I am the real owner of the ABU title. I am challenging you for a fight.”
Oladosu had knocked out Mubarak ‘Morgan’ Hamzat in the first round during a national lightweight contest in December to grab the N3 million prize money for the best boxer.
Oto “Joeboy” Joseph, who is billed to defend his ABU lightweight title against Success ‘Brave Warrior’ Tetteh of Ghana in the GOtv Boxing Night 18 on Easter Sunday in Ibadan, said he would be ready to face Oladosu anytime the fight comes up.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s Success “Brave Warrior” Tetteh has vowed to be the first boxer to defeat Nigeria’s Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, the reigning champion, when they meet at GOtv Boxing Night 18 on 21 April.
Joe Boy, who also holds the Commonwealth (Africa) lightweight title, has remained undefeated in his 14-bout professional career. Speaking from his Accra base, the challenger said he is familiar with the champion’s strengths and weaknesses and is working on plans to neutralize him.
“I’m very motivated to become the first boxer to defeat Joe Boy. I have watched him fight many opponents, who clearly did not know what to do in the ring. He will fall. It doesn’t matter that the fight is holding in Nigeria. I’m not named Success for nothing,” boasted Tetteh.
The Ghanaian added that he has intensified training and has also taken his diet more seriously.
The event organisers, FlyKite Promotions has promised to make the Easter Sunday showdown in Ibadan a memorable day for lovers of boxing across the country.
The event slated for the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo stadium is the third time the GOtv Boxing Night is being hosted in the Oyo State capital. The previous two editions held in March 2017 and July 2018.