Top betting firm, Bet King, has explained why it teamed up with pay television service provider, GOtv, to sponsor GOtv Boxing Night. Speaking at a press conference to announce the 15th edition of the event on Tuesday, Mr. Neil Bothma, Chief Operating Officer of Bet King, said the company took the decision to support the event because boxing is a non-discriminating sport that has the potential to take young people off the streets and teaches them discipline.
â€œBoxing is an equalizer in the sporting world. Anybody can win on any day. It is the same at Bet King; anybody can win on any day. By supporting boxing, Bet King can take the sport to many homes and teach young people discipline,â€ he said.
GOtv Boxing Night 15 will hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo (formerly Liberty) Stadium, Ibadan, on 29 July. The event will feature seven fights, including an African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight title defence between Nigeriaâ€™s Oto â€œJoe Boyâ€ Joseph and Ghanaâ€™s Nathaniel Nukpe.
There will also be an international light middleweight challenge duel featuring Nigeriaâ€™s Akeem â€œDodoâ€ Sadiku and Franc Houanvoegbe of the Republic of Benin. African Boxing Union light welterweight champion, Olaide â€œFijabornâ€ Fijabi, will equally be in action when takes on Kazeem â€œIberuâ€ Ariyo in a national challenge duel. Idowu â€œID Cabasaâ€ Okusote will take on Michael â€œLion Heartâ€ Godwin in a cruiserweight challenge bout, while Prince â€œLionâ€ Nwoye will fight Ridwan â€œScorpionâ€ Oyekola in a lightweight challenge duel.
The light welterweight division will equally see Vincent â€œDadaâ€ Essien face Segun â€œShowboyâ€ Olalehin, while Daniel â€œBig Sharkâ€ Emeka and Sulaimon â€œOlagsâ€ Adeosun will lock horns in a heavyweight clash.
The event, sponsored by GOtv and Bet King, is supported by MultiChoice, Paragonis Multimedia Limited, KSquare Security, Brila FM, Bond FM, Complete Sports and Newsbreak.ng
It will be beamed live on SuperSport in 47 African countries. The best boxer at the event will win a cash prize of N1million along with the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.