Kickboxing has inspired my rise in boxing, says Ehwarieme
A U.S.-based Nigerian boxer, Onoriode Ehwarieme has revealed that his exploits in the world of kick boxing have been a major inspiration since he turned to professional boxing.
Ehwarieme, who will face an Argentine opponent in a world title contest in Lagos during GOtv Boxing Night 20 on December 28, fought at Garden City 2011 National Sports Festival, where he grabbed a silver medal in boxing.
A year later, he fought at the Eko 2012 National Sports Festival in kickboxing and won a gold medal.
“I have acquired a lot of experience in kick boxing and it has helped me as a professional boxer, “ Ehwarieme a native of Oghara in Delta State told The Guardian yesterday.
He revealed that he started boxing in 2003 in Sapele following an advise from one Efe Okitikpe, who was a resident in Palm Avenue opposite Paja.
“I went to the National Sports Festival Abuja 2004 and won a gold medal. In 2005, I went to the National Championship and I won gold. I also went to the National Championship in 2006 and also won the gold medal.
“I was invited for the U-18 World Championship in Moscow in 2006, but we couldn’t go after getting visas. I won gold in the 2007 National Championship in 2008 and silver in Namibia to qualify for the Olympics.
“I went to Beijing Olympics (China) in 2008. I also went to the first World Cup in Moscow (Russia 2008), where I was ranked number eight in world. I won a gold medal at the National Championship in 2009 before I went to the World Championship in Milan (Italy) 2009.”
He hinted yesterday that his wife and some family members would be at the ringside in TBS on December 28 when he faces the Argentine opponent.