Boxing: Nigeria duo retain world titles as monarch promotions debuts in England

King Davidson against Castaneda
King Davidson against Castaneda

The sold-out event tagged ‘The Homecoming’, took place at the historic St George’s Hall in Bradford, hometown of Tasif Khan, who defended his World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Flyweight title in the main event.

The iconic St George’s Hall was hosting a boxing event for the first time in its history and both King Davidson and Sule Olagbade did not disappoint.


Sule ‘Tyson Kill’ Olagbade was sensational in his counter punching and his defence was virtually impenetrable as he achieved a unanimous decision victory over Nicaragua’s Arnoldo Solano after twelve fantastic rounds of boxing.

READ ALSO: World Championships: Nigeria banks on Brume, Amusan for medals on final day

Judges Jonathan Pasi and Kornelius Bernds both scored the contest 116-112 while Judge Thomas Hakenberg scored it 118-111 all in favour of Olagbade as he retained his World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Welterweight World title.

Reigning World Boxing Union (WBU) Interim Middleweight World Champion, King ‘Hand of God’ Davidson knocked out highly mobile Mexican ‘El Huracan’ Fernando Castaneda with a devastating body shot in the fourth round of scheduled 12 rounds to retain the title he won in Lagos in December 2018.

The main event of the ‘Home coming’ night saw homeboy and four-time, two-division World Champion, Tasif Khan successfully defend his World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Flyweight World crown he won during ‘King of the ring’ in December 2018 in Lagos.

He knocked out Mexican banger Juan Lopez Martinez in the fifth round.

The tough Mexican survived two knockdowns in the fourth round but could not survive a massive body shot in the fifth round.

In other bouts of the night, Rad Rashid knocked out Hasan Kurnaz in the first round in a battle of big German heavyweights.

In the opening fight of the night, Germany’s Avni Selimi beat Lithuania’s Thomas Vaicickas via fourth round TKO.

In all, it was a bold statement of an English debut made by Monarch Events and Promotions putting up a card of three World Championship fights, an International title fight and a pair of International Heavyweight contests.

In 2018, Prince Stanley Williams the CEO of Monarch Events and Promotions staged big events, ‘Boxfest’ in April and ‘King of the Ring’ in December both in Lagos with as many as six World title fights and later emerged World Boxing Union (WBU) promoter of the year.

Coronavirus Quiz:

Coronavirus factsheet


PT Mag Campaign AD

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.