The President Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBBoC) Dr. Rafiu Ladipo has commended the organizer of the much anticipated epic boxing bouts tagged: Ileya Boxing Fiesta, Lewis Boxing Promotion, owned by a Nigerian born boxing promoter, Henry Lewis that has its headquarters in Austria.
Dr. Ladipo stated this while speaking at a press conference held at Obafemi Awolowo Stadium Ibadan, the formerly Liberty Stadium the venue of the boxing event scheduled for a day after 2019 Eid-Kabir (Ileya), the 12 August, where the NBBoC Secretary, Remi Aboderin, boxers and representative of Lewis promotion are all in attendance.
Ladipo said only big investor/promoter such as Lewis could help the NBBoC in its drive to totally revive Nigerian boxing and restore the lost glory of the country in the world of boxing.
“Am quite delighted with what is happening here today. I was also a boxer here in Ibadan, at Oke-foko in the early 70s, the likes of late Joseph Ladipo popularly known as Jossy Lad, Muili Ojo are all boxers before I moved to Lagos, so I’m a proud Ibadan man.
“Ibadan is a traditional home to Nigerian boxing and it has played a significant role in the history of Nigerian boxing, hence am delighted seeing Lewis Promotion bringing back a big boxing show to Ibadan, I can’t wait to be part of the epic boxing show”, said NBBoC boss.
Meanwhile, top boxers paired to tackle each other at the event have vowed to deal with each other while speaking ahead of the big fight as Oladosu Rilwan and Moses Samuel engaged in a crossfire while two female boxers, Latifat Salami and Blessing Godwin that will battle in middle-weight bout pointed at each other’s face.
The big fight of the day is the Ridwan Oyekola Scorpion confronting Isaac Dawuona, a Ghanaian who plies his trade in the United State of America in a continental boxing challenge while Akeem Sadiku Dodo will also tackle Lokossou Jacob from the Republic of Benin in another continental bout.
Meanwhile, Michael Ovie who spoke on behalf of Lewis Promotions assured the spectators of safe and secured atmospheres where a family can come around and enjoy boxing actions considering the tight security arrangement put in place by the organizers.
“We know Ibadan boxing fans are not troublemakers, but yet we have made arrangement to secure the entire stadium with military officers, Mobile Policemen, security dog bearers, the anti-bomb unit of Nigerian
police and men from reputable private security outfit”, Lewis Promotion man noted.