West African Boxing Union (WABU) middleweight champion, Abolaji â€œAfonja Warriorâ€ Rasheed, has vowed to defend his title with the last drop of his blood when he faces challenger, Ghanaâ€™s Arye Ayitteh, at GOtv Boxing Night 13. The bout is one of the three international title bouts at the seven-fight event holding on 26 December at Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. The show will also witness performances by Small Doctor, Simi, Falz The Bahd Guy and Reekado Banks.
Speaking in Lagos yesterday, the WABU champion said the age-old sporting rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana will motivate him to give his best when defending his title.
â€œThe fact is it should never be heard that a Nigerian boxer is defeated by a Ghanaian opponent in Nigeria. I will fight with everything I have to retain my title and send Ayitteh back to Ghana empty handed. He is in for a very bad time. I will ruin his Christmas,â€ he said.
In the lightweight category, Nigeriaâ€™s Oto â€œJoe Boyâ€ Joseph will take on Egyptâ€™s Abdulrahim Ahmed for the vacant African Boxing Union (ABU) title, while Olaide â€œFijabornâ€ Fijabi will take his first stab at the light welterweight continental title when he confronts Kenyaâ€™s Michael Odhiambo. The lightweight division will also feature Rilwan â€œReal Oneâ€ Oladosu, who will fight Kehinde â€œIjobaâ€Badmus for the national title. Rilwan â€œBaby Faceâ€ Babatunde will square up to Chijioke â€œPainlessâ€ Ngige for the national light welterweight crown.
Two challenge bouts in the lightweight and super middleweight divisions respectively will see Rilwan â€œScorpionâ€ Oyekola clash with Jimoh â€œHogan Jimoh Jr.â€ Lukman, while Matthew â€œWizemanâ€ Obinna will duel with Cosmos â€˜Awosikaâ€ David. Tickets for the event are available online at ariiyatickets.com, SLOT and Ebeano Supermarket outlets as well as National Stadium, Lagos.
Fans who buy tickets will be transported free from the National Stadium to the event venue and back.