Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lagos boxers to challenge London opponents

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Fourteen boxers will represent Lagos in the forthcoming international bout.

The Lagos State Amateur Boxing Association, LSABA, has released the list of 14 boxers that will represent the state in the forthcoming international bout between the Lagos boxers and Repton Boxing Club, London.

The list was made known to the media by Tunji Balogun, the Media Officer of the Lagos State Boxing Hall of Fame, promoters of the “Saturday Boxing Show” and sponsors of the international bout.

The third edition of the international bout is scheduled to hold between September 20 and September 22 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, and National Stadium, Surulere, respectively.

The statement said national champions, Muri Shango and Fijabi Olaide would be leading Lagos revenge mission against Repton’s Umar Sadiq and K. Ozimkowski in the 81kg and 69kg categories respectively.

The duo of Otto Joseph and Pius Godwin would battle O. David and T. Tear in the 62kg and 64kg at the Eko Hotel and Suites dinner bout.

Abua Christian and Shina John would lock horns with Ben Falaja and Ryan Pickard of Repton in the 69kg and 73kg categories, while Kazeem Oliwo engages newcomer K. Sarpong in the 63kg.

In the fixtures at the National Stadium, ‘Dynamite’ Sikiru Fatai, Rilwan Oladosu, Saheed Lawal and Adedeji Adekunle would also engage Repton opponents.

Meanwhile, Wasiu Bisiriyu, an assistant coach with LSABA, has said that the Lagos team is psychologically pepped up for victory against their pugilistic visitors.

“My boxers are physically and mentally alert to take revenge on the Londoners this time around,” Mr. Bisiriyu said.

Lagos lost 6-8 to Repton in the first edition in 2010 while they drew 4-4 at the second edition in 2011.

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