Fast rising middleweight boxer, Abolaji “Afonja Warrior ” Rasheed will have the chance to win the West African middleweight title when he takes Ghana’s Adjei Sowah at the sixth edition of GOtv Boxing Night, which is billed to hold on Good Friday, March 25, at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.
This was disclosed by the organisers at a press conference to announce the fight line-up in Lagos on Tuesday.
Speaking at the occasion, Jenkins Alumona, Managing Director of Flykite Productions, promoters of the event, said he is delighted at the progress boxing has made in the last one and half years, the evidence of which is visible in improved purse, insurance package, N1 million cash prize for the best boxer and frequency of fights.
Another big fight at the event will see national light welterweight champion, Olaide Fijabi, make a bid for the West African title when he takes on Republic of Benin’s Djamiou Ekekpo.
Fijabi, winner of the N1million cash prize at the second edition of the event, will, as with other boxers, bid to win the cash prize and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy for the best boxer.
In the lightweight division, the explosive Oto Joseph will slug it out with Hogan Jimoh Jnr., first son of boxing legend, Hogan Jimoh.
The three remaining fights on the night will feature five young boxers discovered at the recently concluded GOtv Boxing NextGen Search.
Michael Rolland and Nwoye Prince, both products of the search, will face each other in a national lightweight challenge.
Two other graduates of the GOtv Boxing NextGen Search-Saidi Lawal and Samuel Elegbede-will slug it out in a national super middleweight challenge duel.
Matthew Obinna, yet another graduate, will take on Yusuf Moshood in another super middleweight contest.
The event, which will be broadcast live by SuperSport in 47 African countries, is sponsored by GOtv and supported by MultiChoice, Paragonis Multimedia Limited, KSquare Security, Newsbreak.ng, Bond FM, Complete Sports and Brila FM.