The festival of boxing bouts is scheduled to hold on July 14 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos.
Jenkins Alumona, the Managing Director of Flykite Promotions who are the event’s organisers, told newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos that the event was back in Lagos with a bang.
He said boxing fans should keep their fingers crossed for a surprise package on the fight night.
“We are happy to be back and stronger for another boxing show, which will not be short of excitement and fun for boxing fans.
“We have continued to enjoy the support of our partners, Multichoice Nigeria, the owners of GOtv satellite decoders.
“Their unflinching support since our very first event in November 2014 has continued to strengthen our confidence in their passion to see to the success of the sport in Nigeria.
“Over the years we have produced many boxing champions and we just want to continue to provide that platform for our boxers to achieve more,” Alumona said.
Similarly, Chidozie Bede-Nwokoye, the Marketing Manager, Gotv-Multichoice, said they were greatly joyous to be back for the 19th edition in Lagos.
“At Gotv, we believe in the future and success of the sport and we expect nothing but another successful edition come July 14,” Bede-Nwokoye said.
Nigeria’s Rilwan “Babyface” Babatunde will engage Daniel Lartey of Ghana in an International Welterweight Challenge as part of the seven fights scheduled to hold on July 14 in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the other six fights will involve Nigerian fighters and they are all potentially explosive bouts.
In some of the fights, Tope “Berinja” Agboola will face reigning African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, in a national challenge duel.
Also in action will be current West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, who takes on Hammed “Ese Hammed” Ganiyu.
The event will equally see former ABU featherweight title champion, Waidi “Skoro” Usman, returning to action when he faces Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje in a national challenge contest.
Another featherweight challenge clash will see Kazeem “The Light” Oluwo squaring up to Tope “TP Rock” Musa.
In the light welterweight division, Akeem “Sugar Boy” Olaiwola will face Waheed “Showmax” Shogbamu, while Adeyemi “Spirit” Adekanla will take on Isaac “I Star” Chukwudi.
NAN reports that the best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1 million, alongside the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.
GOtv Boxing Night 19 will be beamed live on SuperSport, a sports television channel, in 47 African countries.
(Edited by Olawale Alabi)
12th Africa Games: Nigeria wins 3 golds in badminton, basketball, weightlifting
Nigeria on Sunday increased its medals at the ongoing 12th All Africa Games in Morocco, winning 3 gold medals in badminton, basketball and weightlifting.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Team Nigeria defeated Algeria 3-0 in the Badminton mixed event at Salle Ain Chock, Casablanca.
The duo of Enejoh Abah and Peace Orji set the tone when they dispatched the Algerian combination of Kocella Mamaeri and Linda Maziri 2-1 in the Mixed Doubles.
It was not an easy battle as the Algerians won the first game 21-16.
The Nigerians fought back in the second match to win 21-18.
Team Nigeria also took the third game 21-19.
Anuoluwapo Opeyori overcame Algeria’s Youcef Medel Sabri with a 2-0 to win in the Men’s Singles.
The first match was hard-fought, but Opeyori won 23-21 before taking the second game with relative ease, winning 21-11.
Dorcas Adesokan completed the rout for Nigeria, beating Halla Bouksani 21-13, 21-14.
Nigeria also defeated Mali 21-20 to win gold medal in 3*3 women basketball.
Team Nigeria also won bronze medal in the male category.
In weightlifting, Team Nigeria also delivered one gold, four silver and four bronze medals.
Kalu King won gold medal in the 55kg men class.
He also won one silver and one bronze.
Augustina Nkem won 3 silver medals for Nigeria in the 49kg women weightlifting class.
Nkem lifted a total of 161.
She lifted 71kg in her first attempt in the snatch, missed her second attempt and lifted 74kg in her third attempt.
Nkem missed her first attempt and lifted 93kg in her second and third attempt in the clean and jerk.
Stella Peter won three silver medals for Nigeria in the 45kg women weightlifting category.
Peter in the snatch lifted 71kg in her first attempt, missed her second attempt and lifted 74kg in her third attempt.
She missed her first attempt, lifted 93kg in her second and third attempt in the clean and jerk.
Peter had a total of 138kg in the -45kg woman class.
Edited by Wale Ojetimi
Iranian women can watch World Cup qualifier in stadium – official
The official IRNA news agency, quoted a Sports Ministry official as saying on Sunday, following heightened pressure from FIFA.
Though foreign women have had limited access to matches in Iran, Iranian women however, had been banned from the stadium when male teams are playing, since the Islamic revolution in 1979.
FIFA wrote to the Iranian Football Federation in June, asking it to provide a timeline for women to be able to buy tickets for the qualifiers, or face consequences.
“Women can go to Tehran’s Azadi stadium to watch the match between Iran’s national team and Cambodia in October, for the Qatar World Cup qualifier,” IRNA quoted deputy Sports Minister Jamshid Taghizadeh as saying.
The AFC, the Asian football governing body, which has 47 members including Iran, said on Tuesday it was working to help world soccer governing body FIFA, find an “amicable solution” that would allow Iranian female fans to attend future games in Iran.
“There is no legal ban for women to watch football matches in the stadium. The activation of the infrastructure is underway,” Taghizadeh said.
Iranian female fans had long campaigned to be allowed to watch men’s soccer, and occasionally a limited number of women had been allowed into the stadium.
In June, some women were detained by security forces when they went to the Azadi Stadium for a friendly match against Syria.
Last year, some women risked arrest by donning fake beards and wigs to attend a major game in the stadium.
Their pictures and videos were posted on social media.
Iranian women allowed to watch World Cup qualifier in stadium – official
While foreign women have been allowed limited access to matches in Iran, Iranian women have been banned from stadiums when men’s teams are playing since the Islamic revolution in 1979.
FIFA wrote to the Iranian Football Federation in June asking it to provide a timeline towards women being able to buy tickets for the qualifiers, or face consequences.
“Women can go to Tehran’s Azadi stadium to watch the match between Iran’s national team and Cambodia in October for the Qatar World Cup qualifier,” Deputy Sports Minister Jamshid Taghizadeh said.
The Asian football governing body (AFC), which has 47 members including Iran, said it was working to help FIFA find an “amicable solution” that would allow Iranian female fans to attend future games in Iran.
“There is no legal ban for women to watch the football matches in the stadium. The activation of the infrastructure is underway,” Taghizadeh said.
Iranian female fans have long campaigned to be allowed to watch men’s football and occasionally a limited number of women have been allowed into the stadium.
In June, some women were detained by security forces when they went to the Azadi Stadium for a friendly against Syria.
Last year, some women risked arrest by donning fake beards and wigs to attend a major game in the stadium. Their pictures and videos were posted on social media.
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar. (Reuters/)
Edited by Felix Ajide
Aguero strikes again as Manchester City win at Bournemouth
Aguero, who has scored in all three games this season, gave City a 15th-minute lead.
The striker slotted home after left back Oleksandr Zinchenko’s low cross had been mis-hit by Kevin De Bruyne only to fall kindly for the Argentine.
Adam Smith then missed a great chance to level for the Cherries, firing high over the bar from a good position after some poor defending from Nicolas Otamendi.
Moments later Raheem Sterling doubled City’s lead with a confident finish after David Silva concluded a sweeping move with a perfectly angled pass to the England striker.
But Bournemouth got back into the game in magnificent fashion, just before the interval, thanks to an unstoppable curling free-kick from substitute Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool.
Wilson went close to a leveller after the interval but Ederson was out quickly to foil his effort.
City then made sure of the win when Aguero poked home his second goal in the 63rd minute, following in for the scraps after David Silva had surged into the box. (Reuters/)
Edited by Felix Ajide
Nigeria have prospect to produce world class athletes, says Lawmaker
Lazarus Ogbee, member House Representative Committee on Sports, on Sunday said that Nigerian athletes have prospect to be world class athletes.
Ogbee told the Nigeria News Agency in Rabat, Morocco that the performance of Nigerian athletes at the ongoing 12th African Games confirmed that the country had abundant talents.
“Nigeria has the prospect of producing world class athletes. All they need is little encouragements and doing the right thing at the right time and having more training facilities in the country.
“Since I am in the committee for sports, what I have seen has encouraged me and has given me the tonic to do more and to encourage our people to invest in sports.
“We have every potential and the country can go on to produce world beaters in sports,’’ he said.
Ogbee, who watched the Nigerian female volleyball team beat Botswana, tasked the team to win gold medal at the Games.
Nigeria beat Botswana 3-1 (25-13, 22-25, 25-20, 25-15) at the Salle El Bouâzzaoui.
Ogbee commended the Nigerian the volleyball team for recording her first victory at the Games.
He said that the nation was strongly behind them.
“The women’s volleyball team has the support of the country that is why we came here in our numbers in the name of the government to support them.
“We have been going from one event center to the other to make sure we cheer the Nigerian contingent to victory and the women’s volleyball team has done wonderfully well today by beating their Botswana counterparts.
“We encourage them to go further to win the gold medal,’’ Ogbee said.
(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)