NPWF president calls for support as winners emerge at championship bout
President of the Nigeria Professional Wrestling Federation (NPWF), John Uche, has called for more support for Nigerian and African wrestling as a whole, saying the potential for the sport is enormous.
Speaking at the 40th anniversary celebration and championship bout held at the Molade Okoya Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, yesterday, he said they were using this opportunity to resuscitate one of the most loved sports by Nigeria fans.
“Sports is a great way to reduce crime among our youths, as well as promote health and wellness in this country. Wrestling will address the restiveness of our youths and keep them off the streets, make them useful for themselves and the society at large.”
He added that their vision is to provide sports facilities and equipment in all the 36 states of the federation and need N500 million to actualise this dream. “In the entire country, only one cable ring is functional, and sadly, it is not even the standard international wrestling ring. We appeal to government at all levels, corporate organizations and lovers of sports to come to our aid”.
He regretted that Nigeria, which has produced many world-class wrestlers and world heavy weight champions in the past such as the late Power Mike, the late Mike Bamidele, The Great Power Uti, Ultimate Commander of Nigeria, Ladi the African Tiger, Miss Bella Ogunlana, the late Captain Killer, the late Ben Lion Heart, the late Afro the Giant, Superman Elephando Bassey, Tony Destroyer of Nigeria, Aliking the Action Disaster, Iron Bone and Iron Saigun as well as Tina Terror and a host of others; has not only abandoned the living wrestlers but allowed the sport to waste away.
In the first bout of the night, the chief Martin Agbaso African international heavyweight championship, which was contested by Nigeria’s Major Ariba and DR Congo’s Bing Ifefo (USA Bing) was won by Bing to the delight of the DR Congo fans who came out en-masse to support their man.
NPWF’s reigning heavyweight champion, Mighty man beat Super Rosco in the table and ladder match to snatch the belt from his opponent. Mighty Man said he is eyeing the African championship and was working towards winning it. Obiora Adaobi Jennifer (Alexandra the queen) took on Stylish J in the last match of the night, which ended in a draw.