New stars in offing as GOtv Boxing Night 15 holds today

FILE: Rilwan "Baby Face" Babatunde receiving cheque a of one million naira from Martin Mabutho, General Manager (Marketing and Sales), MultiChoice Nigeria; and Dr. Rafui Ladipo, President, NBBof C, at GOtv Boxing Night 14

FILE: Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde receiving cheque a of one million naira from Martin Mabutho, General Manager (Marketing and Sales), MultiChoice Nigeria; and Dr. Rafui Ladipo, President, NBBof C, at GOtv Boxing Night 14

New boxing stars are expected to emerge as all is set for the 15th edition of GOtv Boxing Night, which holds today at the at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo (formerly Liberty) Stadium, Ibadan.

The event, which is being held in the Oyo state capital for the second time, will feature seven fights.

The biggest in the line-up is the African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight title bout between Ghana’s Nathaniel Nukpe, and incumbent champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph of Nigeria.

Other bouts include an international light middleweight challenge between Akeem “Dodo” Sadiku of Nigeria and Franc Houanvoegbe of Benin Republic; a national challenge bout between ABU welterweight champion, Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi and Kazeem “Iberu” Ariyo; as well as a national cruiserweight clash between Michael “Lion Heart” Godwin and Idowu “ID Cabasa” Okusote.

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Prince “Lion” Nwoye will square up against Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola in a national lightweight duel; Vincent “Dada” Essien and Segun “Showboy” Olalehin will battle each other in a national light welterweight contest; while Daniel “Big Shark” Emeka and Sulaimon “Olags” Adeosun will slug it out in a national light heavyweight clash.

Speaking on the event, Jenkins Alumona, Managing Director of Flykite Promotions, organisers of the event, said everything has been put in place to ensure a hitch-free and successful event.

“We have put measures in place to ensure that there are no hitches. The iconic Liberty Stadium is ready to welcome everybody,” he said.

Alumona called on all boxing fans within Ibadan and its environs to come and witness top class boxing action.

The event, sponsored by GOtv and Bet King, will be beamed live on SuperSport in 47 African countries.

The best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1 million alongside the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.

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