The Chief Executive Officer of Flykite Promotions, Jenkins Alumona was lucky to have escaped unscratched after he was threatened by boxing fans that thronged the indoor sports hall of Obafemi Awolowo Stadium Ibadan, the venue of the 18th edition of GOtv boxing Night held on Sunday.
In his quest to maintain orderliness especially at the VIP area and forestall any act not suitable for a boxing event that was being shown live by the sponsor Super Sports, the efforts of the Flykite boss was met with stiff resistance by some members of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) that almost assaulted him physically.
One of the Ibadan based boxers, Sadiku ‘Dodo’ Akeem that defeated Republic of Benin’s Ekpresso Djamihou was popular among the members of NURTW in the state, being an aide to the late Chairman of NURTW in Oyo State Alh. Taofeek Oyerinde Fele that made the ‘Union’ members come out in their numbers to cheer Dodo and other Ibadan boxers.
What seemed to have been responsible for the uncontrollable situation during the event was overcrowding at the venue.
The boxing fans that filled the 500 capacity indoor sports hall were more than 2,000. This made it difficult for the organizers to curtail the enraged fans that were desperate to gain access to watch the bouts even after the venue was filled to its maximum capacity.
There was a confrontation between Alumona and Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as ‘Sunday Igboho’, a popular private security personnel to top politicians in the state, as the flykite boss tried to maintain regulation in the VIP area, which seemed to have angered the followers of the latter.
They threatened to ruthlessly deal with Alumona, and it took the intervention of the Oyo boxing boss, Hon. Opaleye before calm was restored.
Among dignitaries that came to witness the exciting boxing bouts that have about five Ibadan based boxers was the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Abayomi Oke and his counterpart in the ministry of information, Toye Arulogun, the CEO of Kayrom Lee, a principal partner
of the Federal Ministry Youths and Sports on grassroots sport, Amb. Romoke Ayinde, and the Chairman of Oyo State Chapter of NBBC, Hon. Gbenga Opaleye among others.