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GOtv Boxing Night back in Lagos with 19th edition

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Following the successful boxing night at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan in April, the organisers of the Gotv Boxing Night have returned the event to Lagos with the 19th edition.

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)

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Africanews launched on DStv and GOtv across the African continent

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After launching Euronews on its platforms in November, the MultiChoice Group has just launched Africanews (www.Africanews.com) – part of the Euronews group. The channel is available on DStv and GOtv and offers millions of households across Africa access to a pan-African multilingual news channel.

As the COVID-19 crisis develops and spreads across the African continent, the MultiChoice Group and the Euronews group have partnered to offer DStv and GOtv customers access to real-time quality information.

Africanews is the only international and independent news channel made for Africa. It offers its viewers content in English and French from an African perspective, made by journalists representing the diversity of the continent. With anchored shows, such as the daily bilingual breakfast show Morning Call, a team of 50 local correspondents, Africanews reports breaking news from the ground, delivers unbiased reporting and showcases all the voices shaping the future of the continent.

While Euronews, Europe’s number one international news channel, was already available on the DStv platform, its sister channel Africanews will be available to  DStv and GOtv subscribers in over 40 countries across the African continent, including South Africa and neighbouring southern African countries, as well as countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, or Angola.

Thanks to this new partnership, Africanews, launched in 2016 from Pointe-Noire, Congo, now reaches 20 million homes in total across the African continent.

Michael Peters, Euronews’ CEO, said:

“Amid the current COVID-19 crisis, Euronews and Africanews’ mission has never been so important: helping people access real-time up-to-date information, empowering them to make sense of what’s going on in the world by presenting a diversity of viewpoints. We are thrilled to be partnering with the MultiChoice group once again to offer their DStv and GOtv subscribers access to Africanews, after Euronews launched on DStv last November. Euronews and Africanews have always been recognised and valued for their fact-based impartial and independent newsgathering. In these times of uncertainty, millions more people in Africa will now have access to these trusted sources of information.”

Yolisa Phahle, CEO MultiChoice Group Africa, said:

 “In these unprecedented times, the importance of having access to precise, reliable information becomes paramount for our customers and their families.  We have increased access to news channels already and the launch of Africanews confirms our commitment to doing all we can to provide the best possible service.”

Aside from delivering rolling news, Africanews offers viewers a diverse range of programmes, on culture, lifestyle, sport, business, travel or sci-tech. Inspire Africa is, for instance, the channel’s flagship lifestyle magazine, sourcing stories from the continent.

Africanews and Euronews also have a strong presence on digital platforms. In the last two weeks alone, traffic to the Euronews website rose by 86%[1], while the Africanews website recorded a +300% growth in traffic during the same time.


[1]March 9 – March 22 compared to February 9 – February 22

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Flykite announces postponement of GOtv Boxing Night 21

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Flykite Productions,  the organisers of GOtv Boxing Night, on Wednesday announced its decision to postpone the 21st edition of the event (GOtv Boxing Night 21).

The show, scheduled to hold on April 2 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, will now hold at a date to be announced later.

The decision to postpone the event was informed by concerns related to the raging COVID-19 Pandemic.

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GOtv Boxing Night 20 brings WBF Heavyweight bout to Nigeria

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The 20th edition of GOtv Boxing Night will be headlined by a World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental heavyweight title bout between US-based Nigerian, Onoriode “Godzilla” Ehwariemi, and Argentina’s Ariel “Chiquito” Baracamonte.

This was announced in Lagos on Thursday at a press conference addressed by the organisers, Flykite Productions.

The bout is one of the nine scheduled for the show slated to hold on Dec. 28 at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

Jenkins Alumona, CEO of Flykite Productions, explained that the bout, which is the biggest to be staged on Nigerian soil in decades, is a part-fulfilment of the promise to host world-class bouts at the show.

Nigeria has not hosted a bout of this profile in decades. We made a promise to put Nigeria back on the global boxing map and we are happy to see the promise come to fruition.

We believe this bout provides an indication of the return to health of Nigerian boxing since GOtv launched an intervention to revive the sport which, long before 2014, was in coma,”Alumona said.

He added that the nine-bout event will also feature live musical performances by Zlatan Ibile, Mayorkun and Oritsefemi among others.

In addition to the headline clash, fights lined up include the West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight title defence by Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, who takes on Ghana’s Ezekiel Anan.

WABU welterweight title defence by Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde against Ghana’s Sanitor Agbenyo.

National featherweight challenge clash between Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje and Olusegun Moses; as well as national super featherweight duel between Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola and Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan.

Also in action are Adewale “Masevex” Masebinu, who takes on Olanrewaju Segun; and Adeyemi “Sense” Opeyemi, who fights Sadiq Adeleke.

Alaba Omotola takes on Bolaji Abdullahi; and rising female ring artist, Cynthia “Boby Girl” Ogunsemilore faces Aminat Yekini.

The best boxer at the show will win a cash prize of N1million attached to the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.

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CAPTION: L-R; Jenkins Alumona, MD, Flykite Production; Bamidele Johnson, COO, Flykite Production; Jenifer Ukoh, PR Manager, GoTv; Rafiu Ladipo, President, Nigerian Boxing Board on Control (NBBofC); and Remi Aboderin, General Secretary, NBBoFC, during a press conference on GoTv Boxing night held at The Regent, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday.

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Babyface, Bobby Girl shine at 1st Gotv Boxing Night Mini

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The West African Boxing Union (WABU) Welterweight champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, rose to the occasion to record a victory at the maiden GOtv Boxing Night Mini.

The fight night which brought many boxing fans to watch some boxing bouts was held at the Mobolaji Sports Complex, Yaba-Lagos, on Saturday.

BabyFace was all menace and speed, knocking out Saheed Lawal in the third of their eight-round national challenge duel.

Lawal, who was a replacement for Dennis “The Range” Mbat, who pulled out on account of an accident, gave a good account of himself in terms of defiance.

But the WABU champion’s volume punching at velocity was too much for him, as he was quickly in a daze, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

Also, Cynthia “Bobby Girl” Ogunsemilore, who won her fight by knockout at GOtv Boxing Night 19, confirmed her status as a boxer to watch out for.

She defeated Roliat “Mummy’s Pet” Akinsanya by unanimous decision in a thrilling Super Featherweight bout.

The Range boxer exhibited composure and guile beyond her age to outwit her similarly impressive opponent.

In the Lightweight category, WABU champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, stopped Ola Adebakin in the first of the scheduled eight rounds.

Waheed “Showmax” Shogbanmu got the better of Semiu “Jagaban” Olapade.

The Cruiserweight duel saw fans favourite, Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi, defeat Olajide Olatunji through unanimous decision.

Among dignitaries at the show were Sola Aiyepeku, Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission and Dr Rafiu Ladipo, President Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C).

Others were Remi Aboderin,  WABU President and NBB of C scribe and Ms Jennifer Ukoh, Public Relations Manager, GOtv.

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GOtv Boxing Night Mini excites boxers

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The introduction of GOtv Boxing Night Mini which debuted on Wednesday 16 at Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Rowe Park, Yaba in Lagos has sparked excitement among boxers.

The decision to introduce GOtv Boxing Night Mini was announced recently by the organisers, Flykite Productions, which said it was intended to get boxers involved in many fights.

According to Flykite Productions, GOtv Boxing Night Mini, which will hold more frequently at various venues, will give boxers more opportunities to fight and build their fight profiles.

It will in the end increase their eligibility for international titles.

Several boxers have commended the sponsors for increasing their opportunities to fight, saying many talented ones seeking avenues would benefit from GOtv Boxing Night Mini.

Kamaru “Slow Poison” Aremu, a boxer who has yet to make his professional bout, said that his chances of getting an opportunity to fight had been boosted.

“I like GOtv Boxing Night and I have tried to be on the bill a few times, but unfortunately did not succeed.

“With GOtv Boxing Night Mini, which will hold more regularly than the big ones, I believe that boxers in my shoes will have opportunities to fight and also feature at the main event,” he said.

A similar sentiment was expressed by Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan, who has had one fight at GOtv Boxing Night, but was seeking more to boost his fight profile.

According to him, the competition for spots on the bill at the main event is stiff, making it tough to be selected.

“GOtv is about the only serious sponsors of boxing in Nigeria. It means getting to fight at the main event is tough.

“But with the mini edition, boxers stand to have more opportunities, as GOtv Boxing Night Mini will hold more frequently,” he said.

Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, the West African Boxing Union (WABU) Lightweight champion, who is billed to fight at the maiden edition, said the tournament was coming at the right time.

He said that it would provide him an opportunity to keep in shape for the African Boxing Union Lightweight title bout against incumbent champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, in December.

Both boxers are billed to clash for the title at GOtv Boxing Night 20. The bout had to be postponed, following a shoulder injury suffered by Joe Boy.

Aside from Oladosu, boxers scheduled to fight at the maiden edition of GOtv Boxing Night Mini are Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, West African Boxing Union (WABU) Welterweight champion.

Waheed “Skoro” Usman, former African Boxing Union (ABU) Featherweight champion; Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi and Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi.

Babatunde, a graduate of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, thanked the sponsors for the initiative, saying the tournament would help keep boxers in good shape. (NAN)


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GOtv Boxing Night Mini Debuts in Lagos

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A mini version of the hugely successful GOtv Boxing Night, tagged “GOtv Boxing Night Mini”, is set to debut in the boxing scene.

The inaugural edition will hold on Nov. 16 at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos.

Jenkins Alumona, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO Flykite), organisers of the bouts announced the development on Monday at a media sit-in in Lagos.

Alumona told newsmen that GOtv Boxing Night Mini is conceived to provide more frequent opportunities for boxers as a means of ensuring that they get requisite number of fights.

He said that it would make them eligible for sub-regional, continental and international title bouts.

“Our boxers have, in spite of the best efforts of GOtv Boxing Night, inadequate opportunities to fight and build their fight records, which they need to become eligible for international titles.

“GOtv Boxing Night Mini, will be staged with more frequency than the main event and will address this challenge of more fights records for boxers ,” he said.

Alumona also explained that the 20th edition of GOtv Boxing Night, which was planned to hold on Oct. 12 had been fused into the mega edition of the event slated for December.

The development, he said, was imposed by the injury suffered in training by Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, African Boxing Union (ABU) Lightweight champion.

Joseph was scheduled to defend his title against Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, West African Boxing Union (WABU) champion in the much-anticipated headline bout.

He added that hopes that the injury would heal on time proved misplaced.

Sports medicine experts have advised that the injury — a shoulder breach — be allowed a longer recuperation period to avoid aggravation.

Some of the other boxers scheduled to fight at GOtv Boxing Night 20 will, however, feature at GOtv Boxing Night Mini.

These include Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi and Cynthia “Baby Girl” Ogunsemilore.

Also lined up to be in action is Waheed “Skoro” Usman, former ABU Featherweight champion. (NAN)


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Nigerians criticise removal of World Wrestling from Gotv select 3

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( ) A cross section of Nigerians on Friday took to social media to express concerns on the removal of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) by the digital satellite television providers Gotv.

 

The reactions came after Gotv made the announcement of moving WWE clash champion from Select 3 (channel 32) to Select 5 max.

 

The digital satellite television providers Gotv has announces the removal of the WWE clash champion to Select 5 of Gotv max.

 

Some Nigerians have storm Gotv Facebook page to react over the WWE move, below are their reactions:

@richardnnabugwu said, removing WWE from plus to max. This is not fair, and I pray very soon a new affordable cable TV will come and collect all your customers.

 

@floencekparobor said, ” So we will no longer be able to watch WWE on select sport 3 (channel 32) on Gotv . Am not happy about it at all”.

 

@Akinkuebisamuel said,” Why not select 3 again oooo”.

 

@oyegokeoluwabusayurme said,” So we can’t watch WWE on select 3.Your days are numbered.

 

@kashuwar said,” My reason to dump Gotv is getting clear now…wrestling is the only thing I enjoyed with your service and now with my N1900 I can’t watch it again? Oya na let’s see who will win this Battle “.

 

@mattertofad said, ” Time to swap my Gotv for other cable”.

Report that WWE was previously on Gotv plus in select 3 but now moved to Gotv max in select 5. It will air from Sept 19 to Sept 22 on select 5.

 

The providers urged subscribers to upgrade to Gotv max now to catch this action.
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Gotv Boxing: Real One finally gets Joe Boy clash

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The much-anticipated clash between Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, African Boxing Union (ABU) Lightweight champion, and Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, West African Boxing Union (WABU) champion, has been approved by the ABU.

It will hold at the GOtv Boxing Night 20 on Oct. 12 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The organisers of the GOtv Boxing, Flykite Productions, made the disclosure on Thursday in Lagos.

Dubbed “Fight of the Decade”, the bout will see Joe Boy stake his title, which he successfully defended against Ghana’s Success “Braveheart” Tetteh at GOtv Boxing Night 18 in Ibadan in April.

Joe Boy and Real One are considered the best in the Lightweight division, with boxing analysts rating the bout as a potential blockbuster.

Both boxers, who remain undefeated, have never met before, professionally at least, but Real One claims he defeated Joe Boy in their days as amateurs.

The claim has been denied by the ABU champion, Joe Boy who regards himself as king of the division.

As common in fierce rivalries, there is bad blood aplenty. Twice this year, Real One had publicly challenged Joe Boy.

The first time was at the press conference announcing GOtv Boxing Night 18, which saw Real One leap out of his seat to yell at Joe Boy.

Joe Boy was being presented ahead of his title defence against Tetteh when a verbal confrontation almost resulted in exchange of blows.

Again at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan, where Joe Boy knocked out Tetteh in the first round, Real One jumped on to the ring after the match.

When Joe Boy was being announced winner, Real One threw another challenge to the delight of the capacity crowd, which seemed to think he can end Joe Boy’s winning run.

For many analysts, the rivalry is reminiscent of the Dele Jonathan versus the late Hogan Jimoh and Joe Lasisi versus Jerry Okorodudu rivalries of the 1980s. (NAN)
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Gotv boxing boss delighted to sponsor boxing tourney in Lagos

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The Patron, Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) Adewunmi Ogunsanya (SAN), on Tuesday said that he was delighted to back the Lagos State Inter-Club Boxing Challenge.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that event which began on Aug. 19 will end Aug. 22 at the Mobolaji Sports Complex, Rowe Park Yaba, Lagos.

The maiden boxing championships will feature no fewer than 150 senior male and female boxers across weight categories drawn from boxing clubs in Lagos.

Organised by the Lagos State Sports Commission in conjunction with the Lagos State Boxing Association, the tournament aims to discover talented boxers.

Ogunsanya, who is the Chairman of Gotv boxing, said boxers would use the opportunity to prepare ahead of the 20th National Sports Festival scheduled to hold in Edo in April 2020.

Flykite Productions, organisers of GOtv Boxing Night, explained that Ogunsanya’s decision to sponsor the tournament was in recognition of the contributions of amateur boxing to the development of the sport.

“It is also important to the growth of professional boxing in Nigeria.”

The Chairman, Lagos State Boxing Association, Akinsoji Ambode, contributing said that in addition to discovering boxers that would represent the state at the National Sports Festival, it would also give opportunity to boxers in all corners of the state.

He added that participation was open to all young boxers attached to clubs affiliated to the Lagos State Boxing Association.

Trophies will be awarded to best boxers in the male and female categories at the end of the tournament.

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GOtv Boxing NextGen 5 holds in Ilorin — Organisers

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Young and aspiring boxers desiring to turn professional will on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 converge on the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin for the 2019 edition of the Gotv Boxing NextGen 5.

The organisers, Flykite Productions, said on Tuesday that the two-day programme, sponsored by pay television service provider, GOtv, was developed to unearth young and talented amateur boxers, aged between 18 and 25 desiring professional level.

“The participants are required to take part in sparring sessions conducted by prominent boxing coaches, who will select boxers considered ready to move into the professional cadre.

“The boxers selected by the coaches will have their professional licences and free medical examination paid for by the sponsors as well as have the opportunity to fight in coming editions of GOtv Boxing Night,” they said in a statement.

The organisers also disclosed that registration forms for the programme were available free of charge at the Kwara State Boxing Association Office and Referees and Judges Association Office, both at the Kwara Complex, Ilorin.

The forms, they said were available at Akure Stadium Complex, Akure, Alake Sports Centre, Abeokuta, Oyo State Boxing Association Office, Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan.

The Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gym, Surulere, Lagos and the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) Secretariat, National Stadium in Lagos.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that this is the third time the programme is holding outside Lagos since debuting in 2015.

“In 2017, it held at the Francis Aiyegbeni Boxing Gym in Ibadan. Last year, it held at Dunkin Pepper Gym of the MKO International Stadium Complex, Abeokuta.

“The first two editions that held at the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gym in Surulere and attracted over a 100 boxers, out of which 25 were considered ready for the professional ranks.

“Since its debut, GOtv Boxing NextGen Search has helped many boxers rise to local and international prominence.

“Among these is incumbent West African Boxing Union (WABU) Welterweight champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, who was discovered at GOtv Boxing NextGen 1 in Lagos,” the organisers said.

They noted that Babatunde went on to become the national champion before clinching the sub-regional title and was in line for the African Boxing Union (ABU) title.

NAN also reports He has, also, on two occasions, won the best boxer award at GOtv Boxing Night, respectively winning cash prizes of N2 million and N1 million attached to the award.

Other high-flying graduates of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search are Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola, winner of the best boxer award at GOtv Boxing Night 15.

The current national super Featherweight champion, Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi, the best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 18, Tope “TP Rock” Musa and Prince “Lion” Nwoye.

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FA Community Shield Match to Air Live on All DStv Packages, GOtv Max, Plus

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The game will be broadcast live at 3 p.m. on all DStv packages as well as GOtv Max and Plus packages.

The match will be available to DStv subscribers on SS3 and SS10, while GOtv subscribers will have access to it on SS Select 2.

Martin Mabutho, the Chief Customer Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Lagos.

He said that true to the company’s promise to enrich the lives of customers, it felt it was important to kick off this new football season with a wider broadcast of the anticipated clash.

“The Community Shield, the traditional curtain raiser of English football, will see the revival of the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester City.

“While the `Citizens’ dominated domestically by winning a treble of Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup, the Reds picked up the UEFA Champions League.

“The two clubs have set incredible standards and will head into the start of the new Premier League campaign the following weekend as the clear favourites for the title,” Mabutho said.

He added that in terms of off-season business, City have been the busier, while Manager Pep Guardiola has brought in Angelino from PSV Eindhoven.

He has also brought in a midfielder, Rodri from Atletico Madrid, with the latter viewed as a key acquisition and long-term successor to Fernandinho in the midfield.

“Liverpool have been very quiet on the transfer market, with their signings being two teenagers-defender Sepp van den Berg from Dutch team, PEC Zwolle

“A midfielder, Harvey Elliot from Fulham. Meanwhile, they have released Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge.

“Yet, it is the tactical battle between Jurgen Klopp and Guardiola that will be the fascinating aspect of this clash.

“The German will seek to refine his high-pressing style, while the Spaniard will once again bank on flexibility, fluidity and a crisp passing game to keep the team in light blue on top,” Mabutho said.

In head-to-head terms, City and Liverpool have met in 165 previous matches.

The Reds have claimed 79 wins compared to 44 for the Citizens, while 42 games have been drawn. This will be the first meeting of the clubs in the Community Shield.

Last season City took four league points off Liverpool: a goalless draw in October 2018 at Anfield, followed by a 2-1 home win in January, with goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane.

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GOtv Boxing Night 19: Esepo Wins N1m Best Boxer Prize

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Up and coming Featherweight boxer, Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje, emerged the best boxer at the GOtv Boxing Night 19, which held on Sunday night at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The pugilist left no one in doubt about his mission right from the first bell, as he twice left former Africa Boxing Union Featherweight title champion, Waidi “Skoro” Usman sprawling in the first round.

A combination of vicious punches delivered at a high speed into the jaw of Usman made him hit the canvass on two different occasions in the first round of the fight.

Although Usman’s staying power kept him in the fight till the last round, but it did not take away the quality boxing display by Agbaje to win the fight and adjudged as the best boxer of the night.

Agbaje in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency after the fight said that he was delighted about the outcome of the fight, in which he had to keep working extra hard to overwhelm his opponent.

“Usman is a great boxer, he is well experienced in the ring having been around for many years, and indeed it was not that easy at all.

“I’m glad I proved to my fans my quality, I look forward to bigger fights in the nearest future,’’ he said.

Agbaje was awarded the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy and a cash prize of N1 million after he was adjudged to be the best boxer by journalists in attendance.

The award was his second, after clinching the first of such award at the GOtv Boxing Night 16 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, in 2018.

Another big winner on the night was Nigeria’s Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, the West African Boxing Union (WABU) Welterweight champion, who knocked out Ghana’s Edem Biki in the final round of their fight.

Biki, who was challenging for the WABU champion, bowed out in the final round of their 10 round international challenge contest, following a well delivered combination of blows that left him motionless.

Interestingly, Babatunde had suffered a cut above his right eye in the first round, but he remained undaunted and rallied back dramatically with three devastating left hooks to end the fight well.

While the win saw Babatunde stretch his unbeaten record to nine, it was a first defeat for Biki in 10 fights.

In the national Lightweight challenge, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu maintained his unbeaten streak, after seeing off Hammed “Ese Hammed” Ganiyu with a win via a unanimous decision.

Also maintaining his unbeaten record is ABU Lightweight champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, who knocked out Tope “Berinja” Agboola in the second round of their eight-round national Lightweight challenge bout.

The eight-round national Featherweight challenge bout saw Tope “TP Rock” Musa, score a unanimous decision victory over Kazeem “The Light” Oliwo.

Adeyemi “Spirit” Adekanla defeated Isaac “I-Star” Chukwudi via a split decision in their national light welterweight challenge bout.

In the four-round female national Bantamweight challenge, Rodiat Yusuf saw off Fatima Sanni via a second round technical knockout.

Cynthia “Bobby Girl” Ogunsemilore, made light work of Abiodun “Lady Crusher” Adedeji, by securing a first round technical knockout win.

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GOtv Boxing Night 19: I’m ready to crush Ese Hammed — Oladosu

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Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, the West African Boxing Union (WABU) Lightweight champion, on Monday said he was ready to defeat Hammed Ganiyu “Ese Hammed” at the Gotv Boxing Night 19.

Oladosu told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that he was aware of the expectations of his fans and assured them of victory.

He said that the lightweight category had the best boxers and it remained the most competitive with tough and hard punching boxers like Joe Boy (Oto Joseph), Berinja (Tope Agboola), Hamzat Mubarak and Hammed.

The boxer said they were his rivals and was ready to fight any of them anytime, adding that he still had respect for them.

“These guys and many more in the Lightweight division are very talented and they make the division a very interesting one because they work hard to achieve their results.

“I have the desire to challenge for the African belt and dethrone the current holder Joe Boy who happens to be a Nigerian.

“This is my target, but first my focus is on the fight coming up on July 21, where I will crush Hammed,’’ Oladosu said.

The coming GOtv Boxing Night 19 is sponsored by Multichoice Nigeria Plc and will be headlined by the international Welterweight challenge between reigning West African Boxing Union welterweight fight.

The current champion, Nigeria’s Rilwan “Babyface” Babatunde will face Eden Biki of Ghana.

The event will also feature prominent professional boxers in the country competing in different weight categories; Tope “TP Rock” Musa will face Kazeem “The Light” Oliwo in a national champion duet.

Tope “Berinja” Agboola will face reigning African Boxing Union (ABU) Lightweight champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph.

Former ABU Featherweight title champion, Waidi “Skoro” Usman, returning to action faces Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje in a national challenge contest.

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GOtv Boxing 19: Reigning WABU champion “Babyface’’ gets new opponent as Lartey withdraws

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Ghanaian welterweight boxer Eden Biki will now take on reigning West African Boxing Union (WABU) champion Rilwan “Babyface” Babatunde of Nigeria at GOtv Boxing Night 19 on July 14.

Biki was chosen for the bout after Daniel Lartey, the Ghanaian earlier scheduled to face Babatunde, pulled out of the event’s headline fight.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fight was an international welterweight challenge bout scheduled for the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium at Surulere in Lagos.

Flykite Promotions, the event’s organisers, in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos said Biki’s choice was on the basis of his reputation as a tough boxer.

The organisers said Biki has nine wins in as many fights and would provide a formidable challenge for “Babyface’’ who has the same fight record.

“Biki also has an impressive knockout record, ending 78 per cent of his bouts within the distance.

“He is also craving for a WABU championship title to enable him be recognised as an international professional boxer,’’ the statement said.

NAN reports that six other bouts have been scheduled for the GOtv Boxing Night 19.

Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, the current African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight champion, will take on Tope “Berinja” Agboola in one of the fights.

Hammed “Ese Hammed” Ganiyu will challenge reigning WABU lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu in the national lightweight challenge division.

Also, Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje will face former ABU featherweight champion Waidi “Skoro” Usman.

Kazeem “The Light” Oliwo will go head to head against Tope “TP Rock” Musa in the featherweight category.

The event will also feature a national light welterweight challenge bout between Akeem “Sugar Boy” Olaiwola and Waheed “Showmax” Shogbamu.

Adeyemi “Spirit” Adekanla and “I Star” Chukwudi will battle for supremacy in another one of the boxing bouts.

NAN reports that the best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1 million, aside the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.

GOtv Boxing Night 19 will be beamed live on Africa’s biggest sports channel, SuperSport, in 47 African countries.

(Edited by Abiodun Oluleye and Olawale Alabi)

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AFCON 2019: DStv, GOtv to Broadcast Matches Live With Pidgin Commentary

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With the start of the Total 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) only a few days away, assurances have come from DStv and GOtv that subscribers would enjoy the live coverage and analysis in pidgin language.

The Media Coordinator of the companies,Atinuke Akinola, gave the assurance on Tuesday in Lagos.

He said the organisations noted that the football show would also come up in HD on SuperSport.

Akinola said that all the matches of the tournament would be available to DStv subscribers on Premium, Compact Plus, Compact and Family packages, while selected matches would be available to DStv Access subscribers.

On GOtv, the matches would be available to subscribers on GOtv Max and GOtv Plus packages.

He quoted Martin Mabutho, Chief Customer Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, as saying: “We know pidgin is one of the most popular languages for interaction in the country and we received good reviews when we introduced pidgin commentary during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“Now, we are excited to announce that we will bring it back as part of the commentary for the 2019 African Cup of Nations as we believe it will help Nigerians have more connection to the competition’s broadcast.”

Similarly, the AFCON broadcast will also feature magazine programmes, providing analyses on how select teams qualified for the tournament, information on culture and lifestyle of the participating countries and iconic places of interest in the host country.

DStv subscribers can catch all the games on SuperSport 7 with selected matches on SuperSport 10 and SuperSport 8, while GOtv subscribers can watch the action on SuperSport Select 4 with selected games scheduled on SuperSport Select 2 and SuperSport Select 5.

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GOtv Boxing Night: Real One, Joe Boy gets warm-up fights

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West African Boxing Union (WABU) Lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, on Thursday said that his warm-up fight against Hammed “Esepo’’ Ganiyu would prepare him well ahead of his clash with Oto “Joeboy’’ Joseph.

Oladosu is scheduled to fight Ganiyu at the coming Gotv Boxing Night 19 come July 14 at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Oladosu told the News Agency of Nigeria that he was thankful to the organisers of Gotv Boxing and Flykite Promotions for giving him the chance to prove his quality.

He said that his desire is to dethrone Oto “Joeboy’’ Joseph who is the current African Boxing Union (ABU) champion in the Lightweight division.

“I am happy the fight between me and Joeboy has been sanctioned by the African Boxing Union; indeed it was a great news for me.

“The coming fight between me and Esepo is also a welcome development because it will prepare me well ahead of the Joeboy clash.

“Esepo is great boxer; we have met during our amateur level, and I dealt with him then, so, he is not a threat for my ambition to fight Joeboy.

“I will dismiss him in the second round of our fight,’’ Oladosu said.

Similarly, Joeboy said that he was prepared to fight Oladosu and defend his ABU title and if the fight was the next day he would beat him silly.

He said he was focused on giving his fans a good time when they come and watch him fight Tope Berinja’ Agboola in the GOtv Boxing Night 19 in Lagos.

He described the warm-up match as a very good development and would once again prove to his fans that he is a warrior and not afraid of anybody.

“It is good to get a warm-up match, but I can still beat Oladosu anytime any day, I doubt if he (Oladosu) can even overcome Esepo.

“I want my fans to come out and watch Joeboy come July 14 at the National Stadium, Surlere, where I will dismiss Berinja in the first round,’’ Joeboy said.

Sources close to Flykite Productions, the organisers of the event, disclosed that the much anticipated fight could hold in September at the 20th edition of the GOtv Boxing Night.

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Boxing needs more corporate support, says WABU President as 18th GOtv Boxing Night draws near

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Lagos April 18, 2019 The President of the West African Boxing Union (WABU), Remi Aboderin, has called on corporate organisations in Nigeria  to emulate pay television service provider, GOtv’s support for Nigerian boxing.

Aboderin, also the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), said that GOtv’s intervention  had helped to revive  boxing in Nigeria.

The WABU president addressed journalists in Lagos  on Wednesday night to announce the 18th edition of the GOtv Boxing Night  scheduled  for  April 21 in Ibadan.

He said that support from more organisations would strengthen boxing in the country.

“Nobody connected to Nigerian boxing will fail to see the strides being made by the sport since GOtv intervened in 2014.

“Its intervention, which has seen it invest huge sums, time, organisation, logistics, especially the live broadcast of the event by SuperSport, has rescued our beloved sport from irrelevance.

“I can tell you that we, at the NBB of C, are happy, boxers are happy, sub-regional and continental boxing bodies such as the African Boxing Union are also happy for GOtv’s support,’’ Abodrein said.

He urged other corporate organisations to emulate  GOtv to ensure Nigerian boxing’s return to the top.

“With more corporate support, it will happen faster.

“Under five years of sponsoring GOtv Boxing Night and GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, Nigerian boxing has regained prominence on the African and Commonwealth scenes.

“Our boxers are sought after, as many champions have been made. We need to go a few notches higher, and that will happen if others show similar commitment,” he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 18th edition of the GOtv Boxing Night  is scheduled to hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan,  on April 21.

The eight-fight show will feature two international duels, the ABU lightweight title clash between Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph of Nigeria and Ghana’s Success “Brave Warrior” Tetteh, and an international light middleweight clash between Akeem “Dodo” Sadiku of Nigeria and Ekpresso Djamihou of the Republic of Benin.

Also on the card is the national super featherweight title bout between Ridwan ‘Scorpion” Oyekola and the champion, Taofeek “Taozon” Bisuga.

Other boxers in action include Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, WABU welterweight champion, going against Ganiyu “Energy” Kolawole, while Tope “Esepo” Agbaje will battle Michael “Holy Mike” Jacobs.

Young, dynamic and fast puncher, Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi, has a chance to prove his qualities when he fights Isaac “I Star” Chukwudi in a national title challenge.

The organisers, as usual, has N1 million prize for the best boxer of the night which has given the event that edge over the years.

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GOtv Boxing Night 18: Ghana’s “Brave Warrior’’ says will crush Nigeria’s “Joe Boy’’

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Lagos April 16, 2019 Ghana’s Success “Brave Warrior” Tetteh, the challenger for the African Boxing Union (ABU) Lightweight title, has boasted ahead of the fight that he will end the unbeaten run of Nigeria’s Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph.

The fight is among the eight scheduled fights of the GOtv Boxing Night 18, holding on April 21, at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan.

Tetteh told newsmen in Lagos that he had seen many of his opponent’s previous fights and he was confident that the incumbent champion would not last the distance.

“Initially, I thought of making the fans enjoy the fight for much longer, but I have concluded that there is no point doing that.

“I need to finish him off quickly, go back to bed and rest enough for my trip back home.

“I also have my eyes on the N1 million cash prize provided by the sponsors,” he said.

The champion, meanwhile, has been very reserved about the upcoming fight and preferred to do his “talking’’ in the ring.

“There is a reason I’m the ABU champion as well as the Commonwealth (Africa) Lightweight champion. It is because I’m good at this sport.

“The mouth with which he’s boasting will be reconstructed and when he looks at himself in the mirror, he will imagine he’s another person.

“It will be war,” he said with undisguised rage.

A similar threat was issued by Akeem “Dodo” Sadiku, who will fight Ekpresso Djamihou of the Republic of Benin for the Lightweight bout.

Sadiku described his opponent as too weak to challenge him in his home town in Ibadan.

He added that his opponent would be packed like “frozen turkey’’ back to his country at the end of their international challenge duel.

In another outburst, Ridwan“Scorpion’’ Oyekola, said that his opponent, Taofeek “Taozon’’ Bisugawould, would experience a very tough night in his hands.

“I’m the Scorpion, I sting until my opponents fall. The title is mine. His reign is over,’’ Oyekola bragged.

Bisuga in his response, said that he was immune to a scorpion’s sting, adding that his opponent faced the prospect of beng hit with vicious punches he had never received before.

He said that Oyekola was way too young to trade words with him.

Even the West African Boxing Union (WABU) Welterweght Champion, Rilwan “Baby Face’’ Babatunde, a man of few words, joined in vowing to severely punish Ganiyu “Energy’’ Kolawole during their upcoming challenge bout.

“I am looking forward to the event having been away for a while, due to the injury I was nursing and I am determined to crush any opponent in my path.

“I promise my fans that they will really be entertained and should come out to support me as I deal mercilessly with Kolawole,’’ Babatunde said.

Reacting, Kolawole said that Babatunde was simply making empty boasts.

“I am going to beat him silly, he is tough, but I am tougher and mentally ready to crush him in Ibadan,’’ Kolawole said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the best boxer in the fight, which would be beamed live, would go home with a cash prize N1 million attached to the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.

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GOtv Boxing Night 18 Holds In Ibadan to celebrate Easter

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Lagos, April 2, 2019 The organisers of the GOtv Boxing Night extravaganza on Tuesday said that the 18th edition of the boxing show would hold in Ibadan on April 21 to celebrate he Easter.

Jenkins Alumona, the Chief EXecutive Officer (CEO) of Flykite Productions, told newsmen in Lagos that the boxing fiesta would come up at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (former Liberty Stadium) on Easter Sunday.

“This will be the third time the event is being hosted in the Oyo State capital, the championship was held in the ancient city in March 2017 and July 2018.

“We are so proud to be back for the first edition in 2019 which happens to be our 18th in the space of five years since we began in 2014.

“We are very committed to the development of the event and enjoy the unwavering support of Multichoice Nigeria, the owners of GOtv satellite networks.

“As usual, the edition promises to be big and even bigger than what we achieved in the previous editions,’’ Alumona said.

According to him, eight fights will take the centre stage out of which two would be for international championship title bouts.

The scheduled fights include that of Ibadan-based boxer, Nigeria’s Akeem Sadiku “Dodo’’ who will take on Ekpresso Djamihou “Rambo’’ of Republic Benin.

The fight is for eight round international Light Middleweight challenge.

Nigeria’s Oto Joseph “Joe boy” is to squared up with Ghanaian Success Tetteh “Brave Warrior’’ for 12 Rounds ABU Lightweight title defence.

Other fights include eight rounds lightweight title challenge between Taiwo Agbaje “Esepo’’ and Micheal Jacob “Holy Mike’’.

Rilwan Babatunde “’Babyface’’ will be making a comeback against Ganiyu Kolawole “Energy’’ in a eight rounds National Welterweight challenge.

Morufu Owolabi, “Oloke’’ is getting his first professional fight with another first timer, Jamiyu Akande “Sunshine’’ in four rounds National Lightweight challenge.

Isaac Chukwudi, “I-star’’, another new kid on the block will engage Jubril Olalekan “Terrible’’ in their four rounds National Welterweight challenge.

Fast punching Rilwan Oyekola will seek to outpunch Taofeek Bisuga “Taozon’’ in a 12 round National Super Featherweight title bout.

Young and dynamic Adeyemi Opeyemi, “Sense’’, who is getting his third fight in the GOtv Boxing fight night is up against Sadiq Adeleke “Happy Boy’’ in a six round national Bantamweight challenge.

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 18 will be beamed live by SuperSporta in 47 African countries.

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Jos: Police vow to prosecute alleged killers of GOTV sales manager

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Jos, March 15, The Police Command in Plateau has vowed to prosecute suspected killers of Mr Tokumbo Adeleke, the GOTV Sales Manager in Jos.

DSP Terna Tyopev, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the command, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Jos.

NNN reports that Adeleke was murdered at his residence, No. 6 Mazaram, Behind Mustard Seed Academy, Rayfield Jos, on Dec. 10, 2018.

Adeleke’s suspected killers were later arrested by the police on Jan. 14 and Feb 18 at Bisichi in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.

But after the arrest, Adeleke family, alongside members of the public began to raise suspicion of a possibility of police granting the suspects administrative bail without charging them to court.

Tyopev, however, assured the family of the deceased and concerned citizens that, the command would not grant administrative bail to the suspects.

The PPRO explained that the command had filed charges against the suspects at the Federal High Court in Jos, stressing that it would not do anything that would jeopardise the course of justice.

He said:”If this is what people are saying, they are not being fair to us; it was through investigation that we arrested those suspects.

 

“We have filed charges against them at the State High Court since March 1.

“So how would the police turnaround to consider granting them administrative bail; it doesn’t add up, not in anyway, when charges are filed already.

“No matter how small the court is, in the case of alleged murder, you cannot consider an administrative bail; the court must take cognisance of such case

“So, I want to inform members of the public that, we are not contemplating granting them administrative bail.

“The suspects will be taken to court as soon as the charges we filed are assigned to a judge ”

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