GOtv Boxing Returns With N20m As Prize Monies, 4 Foreign Boxers Storm Nigeria Oct. 1
Following a six-month break, GOtv Boxing Night, makes a return on 1 October to the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos. Branded the “Independence Day” edition, the show will be the 12th edition since the event began in November 2014.
The last one held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (formerly Liberty Stadium), Ibadan, on 26 March. At the event, light welterweight tyro, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, emerged the best boxer to win N2million attached to the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Prize, the biggest amount ever paid to a Nigerian boxer fighting locally.
GOtv Boxing Night 12, according to the sponsors and organizers,will be considerably bigger than all the previous editions. Speaking at a press conference to announce the event in Lagos y esterday, Mr. Martin Mabutho, General Manager (Marketing), MultiChoice, said the company decided to make the event more rewarding for boxers as a way of motivating them to greater achievements.
Boxers, said Mabutho, will earn a total of N20 million in prize monies. In addition, the Mojisola Ogunsanya prize for the best boxer of the event has been expanded to reward two runners-up.
The cash prize for the best boxer, Mabutho said, has been raised to N2.5 million. For the first time ever, runner-up and second runner-up for the best boxer award will get cash prizes. The runner-up will go home with N1 million, while the second runner-up will walk away with N500,000.
A total of seven bouts across weight categories have been scheduled. Four of these are international bouts, with the biggest being the African Boxing Union lightweight title defence duel featuring defending champion, Stanley “Edo Boy” Eribo and Tanzania’s Ramadhani Shauri. Similarly big is the Commonwealth Africa lightweight title fight between Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph and Dillon Yule of South Africa.
Another title fight will see the explosive Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, the West African Boxing Union light welterweight champion, defend his title against Ghana’s Bilal Ibrahim. The fourth international bout is a featherweight challenge contest between Nigeria’s Waidi “Skoro” Usman and Tanzania’s Juma Fundi.
In another light welterweight clash, the fast rising Baby Face will go up against Christmas “Tornado” Tombraye. Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu will take on Samuel Opaogun in a lightweight clash. In the light heavyweight division, Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi will take on Akeem Adebayo.
Mabutho added that GOtv Boxing is committed to replenishing the ranks of boxers in Nigeria. This, he said, will be through the organisation of GOtv NextGen Search, which will hold ìn November. Sponsored by GOtv, and supported by MultiChoice, GOtv Boxing Night will be broadcast live on SuperSport in over 47 African countries.