Oto “Joe Boy ” Joseph, on Sunday night became the national lightweight boxing champion after defeating Nurudeen Fatai at GOtv Boxing Night 7, held at the National Stadium, Lagos.
The bout lived up to its billing, with both boxers giving their best.
Joe Boy, who once defeated Fatai by a knockout, seemed he was minded to repeat the trick. Fatai, however, stood firm. He had to endure a lot of punishment from his nimbler and clearly better opponent right up till the end of the 12-round contest.
Joe Boy was announced winner by unanimous decision and was adjudged best boxer of the night, winning N1million and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy-for the second time.
In other fights, Idowu Okusote defeated Chibuzor Vincent by a first round knockout out in their cruiserweight bout, while Rilwan Babatunde defeated Osamudiamen Goodluck in their lightweight duel.
Another winner on the night was Chukuwebuka Ezewudo, who defeated Ganiyu Kolawole in a middle weight duel.
The heavyweight category delivered the only drawn bout at the event, with neither Ebenezer Okoli nor Abiodun Afinnih able to swing things to his advantage.