Nigeria ‘Il Produce World Boxing Champions Soon
By Femi Solaja
Nigerian amateur and professional boxing will produce world champions within the next three years if all the proactive measures are put in place.
This was one of the promises Nigeria made to officials of the World Boxing Council, WBC, shortly before the conclusion of the 49th Annual Convention held recently in Las Vegas, USA recently.
Speaking on the outcome of the Convention, a member of Nigerian delegation, Prince Wale Oladunjoye, said that “the convention was very eventful with interests and support from world renowned boxers and promoters looking forward to boxing exploits from Nigeria again after a long lull in our boxing.
“We have promised them that in the next three years new skilful and talented boxers will emerge to take on the world from our blessed nation, due to efforts in place currently,” he assured.
Shedding more light on how Nigerian, Olusegun Ajose, a mandatory challenger to the holder of the WBC Super Lightweight champion, Mexican Eric Morales, was given a delay date to face the champion, Oladunjoye, a member of the WBC said that “Ajose’s case was decided on the floor of the Convention.
“He is the mandatory challenger to the holder of the WBC Super Lightweight champion, Morales. It doesn’t matter whether the Mexican wins against Danny Garcia or not in January, Segun must be fought by winner of this bout. And if this fight does not go on, then Morales must fight Ajose at a date to be agreed on hopefully before the middle of the year 2012,” said Oladunjoye, who is also the senior special Assistant on grassroots sports development to Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola.
“There is no cause for alarm because from what we saw at the Convention, the WBC wants Ajose to take a shot at the world title as soon as possible and I don’t see any politics at play here. I want all Nigerians to encourage and support our own mandatory challenger, Olusegun Ajose who is the No.1 on the old and current rate of WBC in the world to beat whoever comes to fight him to retain his No.1 rating and get the slot to be challenged for the title thereafter all over the world for the mega bucks that would heavily promote Ajose, his coach, Joe Mensah and ultimately our own dear nation, Nigeria.
“I believe the effort of all Nigerians who are behind him in this crusade would become worthwhile and glaring when Ajose becomes the new undisputed world champion by His grace,” said Prince Oladunjoye.
The delegation led by Dr. Godwin Kanu, President Nigeria Boxing Board of Control, NBBC and vice-president African Boxing Union (ABU), had Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, the president general, Nigeria Football and other Sports Supporters Club, Mr. Victor John, Mr. Folorunsho Jacob, President of Pro Referees, Alhaji Lasisi Bisiriyu and Mr. Lati Muis, a WBC referee, amongst others who attended the Convention from Nigeria.
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