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Talent hunt: Expert discovers 35 amateur boxers in Enugu

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A former Welterweight African Boxing Champion, Ikechukwu Okoronkwo says no fewer than 35 amateur boxers have been discovered in Enugu State.

Okoronkwo disclosed this on Sunday in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Enugu.

The 1992 champion said that the boxers were discovered through the Edward Ubosi Boxing Talent Hunt initiative in the state.

The coordinator of the talent hunt, which is a brainchild of the Speaker of the State Assembly, Edward Ubosi, said that the initiative was making waves in rural communities of the state.

“The talent hunt is making waves in all the communities and we want to make sure that every community participate in this programme.

Okoronkwo described sports as a big industry, adding that the talents so far discovered would be nurtured to stardom.

“ I found out that there are lapses in the management of athletes at the

state level but as a professional in boxing, I know the way to go.

“I want to make sure that our youths are developed,” he said.

He said that it was his desire to expose the budding boxers to compete at the national level, as it would be a delight to monitor their career progression.

Okoronkwo said that he was sad at the rate of decline in the sports, adding that efforts needed to be made to ensure the growth of boxing in the country.

He attributed the bane of boxing in the country to its management by those he said knew little about the system.

Okoronkwo said that for the country to get it right in the boxing profession, every state government should have at least 50 boxing coaches because every boxer deserved to have a coach.

Edited by Maureen Atuonwu

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