Baby Face Vows to Smash Shogbesan



GOtv Boxing Night 10


Joe Boy, Nurudeen clash on radio

Fast rising light welterweight boxer, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, has declared that Sikiru Shogbesan, with whom he is billed to fight at GOtv Boxing Night 10, will not last the distance. 

Speaking ahead of the event holding on December 26, at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, Baby Face said his opponent will endure a torrid time and throw in the towel within a short time.

“By now, Omo Iya Eleja should know that I am on a higher level. My preparation for this fight has been intensive. I want to thank him in advance for adding to the number of victories in my professional career. There is no hiding place for him,” said the young boxer.

 Near-mortal ring rivals, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph and Nurudeen “Prince” Fatai, had to be pulled apart, following a near-clash during an interview at the Metro FM studio in Lagos. Relationship between the two boxers has been combustible since Joe Boy defeated Prince via a knockout in a challenge contest at GOtv Boxing Night 4. It got worse after their second fight when Joe Boy dethroned Prince as the national lightweight champion at GOtv Boxing Night 7.

The duo is billed to clash again at GOtv Boxing Night 10.

Asked on Metro FM what fans should expect in their next clash, Joe Boy said his opponent, who goes by the ring name Prince, is his slave.

“I have beaten him before and will beat him again. He calls himself Prince, but he is my slave. I will send him on retirement. He is due for retirement,” said Joe Boy.

His response got Prince into red-eyed rage. Shouting into the microphone, the former champion said he is happy to have an opportunity to avenge previous defeats, which he claimed he did not deserve. But Joe Boy interjected before he could finish an action Prince did not take kindly to. With his hands rolled into fists, he moved towards his opponent, who also responded in kind, forcing the interviewer to step between them to prevent an all-out clash.

The night will feature six other fights, including the African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight title bout between Nigeria’s Stanley Eribo, national champion, and Meshack Mwankemwa of Tanzania.

Another title bout will see Nigeria’s Olaide Fijabi defend his West African crown against Ghana’s Raphael  Kwabena. Both boxers clashed at GOtv Boxing Night 9, a close-fought challenge contest that the Nigerian won via a split decision.

The line-up also includes Waidi Usman, West African featherweight champion, fighting Dare Oyewole in a challenge bout, while Kabiru Towolawi takes on Felix Igwe in a light heavyweight challenge duel.

The best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1.5million and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.