Pmnewsnigeria has reported that Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi was, on Sunday, voted best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 18, which held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan.
The winner is awarded the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy to which a cash prize of N1 million is attached.
According to the show organisers, Flykite Productions, in a statement, the winner of the prize was not announced at the venue on Sunday, as it is customary, following an advice against it by the security personnel on duty at the show.
The 19-year old super bantamweight boxer, despite drawing his national challenge bout with Sadiq “Happy Boy” Adeleke, recorded the highest number of votes in the poll carried out by journalists at the event.
The statement read: “Policemen and officials of the private security firm at the event advised against announcing the best boxer immediately after the show because they considered it less than safe to do so.
The statement added that Opeyemi will be presented with his cheque at the Lagos office.
According to pmnewsnigeria, Opeyemi emerged best boxer at the GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 4 in Abeokuta last year. This was after catching the eyes of boxing coaches at GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 3 in 2017 in Ibadan, where he was deemed a year too young to turn professional, despite excelling at the sparring sessions for young boxers. However,he returned the following year and excelled again.
Pmnewsnigeria reports that in the headline bout of the night, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph of Nigeria defended his African Boxing Union lightweight title by seeing off his Ghanaian opponent, Success “Brave Warrior”, Tetteh of Ghana within 46 seconds.
Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola emerged the new national super featherweight champion with a first round dismissal of long-reigning champion, Taofeek “Taozon” Bisuga.
In the light middleweight category, Akeem “Dodo” Sadiku stopped Republic of Benin’s Ekpresso Djamihou in the fourth round.
The lightweight division saw Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje and Isaac “I Star” Chukwudi stopping their respective opponents-Michael “Holy Mike” Jacobs and Muftau “Oloke” Owolabi-in the first round.
West African Boxing Union welterweight champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, also made a successful return to the ring with a fourth-round dismissal of Ganiyu “Energy” Kolawole.