GOtv Boxing NextGen 2
Boxing coach and former Commonwealth Champion, Obisia Nwakpa, has called on young boxers aspiring to turn professional to take advantage of GOtv Boxing NextGen 2, which begins on 17 August.
Speaking in Lagos, Nwakpa said: “This is an opportunity no talented boxer should miss. It is a window into the professional cadre. The sponsors are willing to help boxing and boxers, so the boxers should take up the opportunity and they can progress from there. This search is the only one of its kind. Any serious young boxer cannot allow this opportunity to pass.”
GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, organised in partnership with the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame and Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), will see boxers, not older than 25, from across the country feature in sparring sessions under the supervision of accomplished coaches like Joe Mensah, Nwakpa and Jerry Okorodudu at the Lagos Boxing Hall of Gym in Lagos.
Those selected by coaches will have their professional licences paid for by the sponsors of the search.
The event debuted in February and has produced a new crop of young professional boxers, some of whom started their professional careers at the last two editions of GOtv Boxing Night.
The talent hunt programme is being held in association with the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) and the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame.
The boxers being sought must be on the verge of turning professional and will have to undergo sparring sessions to determine their suitability.
The maiden edition of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search attracted over a 100 boxers out of which 28 were selected. Many of those selected from the search have participated at GOtv Boxing Night. Rilwan Babatunde, Osamudiamen Goodluck, Matthew Obinna and Chukwuebuka Ezewudo are some of the graduates of the search that have fought at GOtv Boxing Night.