Ogun State Boxing Association’s ninth quarterly all-comers competition, tagged Hall of Fame Championship, threw up new talents and lots of exciting talking points during the event in the state capital, Abeokuta.
SportsDay gathered that the competition, which has become a major reference point for boxing coaches, officials and pugilists in The Rock City and entire Gateway State, was packaged for young boxers to show their capacities ahead of the 5th National Youth Games in Ilorin.
In some of the competition’s most exciting bouts, Oladimeji Solanke of Champion Boxing Club knocked-out Sanusi Mathew of Perry-k Boxing Club to emerge winner in the 64 kilogrammes class.
Solanke stopped his opponent in the second round of their bout, which held alongside others in the hall of Alake Sports Centre, Ijeja, Abeokuta; while Taiwo Fadimu of Destiny Boxing Club out-punched Michael Orebanwo of Progressive Boxing Club in the 52 kilogrammes category.
Rufai Mubarak then defeated Babatunde Adesina in the 56 kilogrammes class, while the two 49 kilogrammes bouts saw Adekunle Solomon beat Idowu Segun and Kenneth Ameh lost to Taiwo Ogunbowale.
In the female categories, Iyabo Ajisafe of Three Star Boxing Club knocked out Abibat Ismail of Bee Lee Boxing Club in the 48 kilogrammes, Fathia Gafar defeated Basira Okejaye in the 46 kilogrammes, while Yetunde Egunjobi beat Alimot Gbadamosi by split decision in the 51 kilogrammes.
Ogun State Director of Sports, Adesola Faleti was excited while speaking in a chat with SportsDay, during which he was also full of praise for the tournament’s sponsor, Honorable Wale Edun.
He thanked the sponsor for making it possible for the state to discover new talented boxers and expose them to competitions and urged other wealthy Nigerians to emulate the gesture to engage youths positively
through sports, which he said is a strong unifying avenue in the country.
He added that the quality of young boxers who took part clearly showed a bright future for the sport and demonstrated the state’s readiness for the National Youth Game coming up in September.
The Ogun State sports director boasted further that the selected boxers will do well in Ilrin and promised that the contingent, which will open camp this week, in order to start preparation for Ilorin 2019, will get all necessary and adequate support from the governor, Dapo Abiodun.
Faleti enthused: “It is a nice outing with new boxers and quality of boxers we have on parade. It shows we are ready for the forthcoming Youths Games in Ilorin, come September.
“It shows that we on course and meeting any state we come up against in Ilorin will not be a problem for us.”