‘We’ll use Aces Solid Sports Boxing Promotion to launch our career’
Some young boxers selected for the maiden Aces Sports Boxing Promotion competition have promised to use the fiesta to launch their boxing careers.
The boxing show will hold on December 30 at the Rowe Park Sports Complex in Yaba, Lagos with bouts in the flyweight, lightweight, bantamweight, welterweight and lightweight. Also on the bill are two female boxers who will slug it out in the flyweight category.
Speaking while unveiling the boxers in Lagos, coach Femi Babafemi and coordinator of the programme, Mr. Ezekiel Sobande said everything needed for the December 30 boxing show tagged ‘Victory Night’ had been put in place.
According to them, the Lagos State Boxing Association regulates Aces Sports Boxing Promotion. “In January this year during the launch of Aces Solid Sports, we promised to disperse our resources towards the development of boxing in Nigeria. We will bring the best of boxing on December 30. All the boxers on the bill were handpicked. After the boxing event, we will be offering lucrative contracts to individuals,” coach Babafemi stated.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Aces Sports Boxing Promotion, Mr. Adeleke Adegbuyi says he was happy to deliver the promises he made to Nigerians in January this year. The United Kingdom-based boxing promoter believes it is a step in the right direction for the boxing promotion outfit, taking a giant stride towards restructuring the lost fortune of the sport in the country.
“Not just doing the first edition alone, but we plan to sustain it at all cost. We have seen many boxing promotions in Nigeria that have come and gone, but our own is taking off with a difference,” Adegbuyi stated.
Some of the boxers who spoke with The Guardian have vowed to use the December 30 show to launch themselves into national reckoning.
The female boxers, Aisha Oriyomi and Gbadamosi Adijat will fight in the light flyweight category, just as Kayode Mubarak and Omole Dolapo will battle also in the light flyweight.
For the male boxers, Oshodi Mohammed will face Moruf Akanji in the bantamweight, Aliu Ibrahim vs Taiwo Agbaji (lightweight), Kabiru Salawu vs Kazeem Saka (light welterweight) and Taiwo Oyegunwa vs Oluwasegun Mustapha in the welterweight category.
According to the organizer, unlike the GOtv Boxing Night, which is for professional boxers, the Aces Sports Boxing Promotion nurtures Nigerian amateur boxers to become professionals.