The Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) has described as immense the support given to Nigerian boxing by Pay TV company, GOtv, through GOtv Boxing Night and GOtv Boxing NextGen Search.
Speaking in Lagos yesterday, Secretary-General of NBB of C, Mr. Remi Aboderin, said the decision of the Pay TV company to introduce GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, an initiative for unearthing young and talented boxers ready to turn professional, has addressed the scarcity of good professional boxers in the country.
“GOtv Boxing NextGen Search has addressed the problem of ageing boxers by replacing them with young and vibrant ones. Every young boxer should take advantage of the initiative. The fourth edition is almost here and I advise every young boxer to enroll, ” he said.
GOtv Boxing NextGen Search will hold in Abeokuta from 13-15 September. The programme, organised by Flykite Productions, will see boxers aged between 18 and 25, take part in sparring sessions and assessed by the best boxing coaches, who will select those adjudged to be the best.
It will hold at Dunkin Pepper Gym inside the MKO International Stadium Complex.
Boxers selected by the coaches will have their licences paid for by the sponsors, undergo free medical examination and may have the opportunity of fighting in coming editions of GOtv Boxing Night.
The programme was introduced in 2015.The first two editions held in Lagos, while the third held in Ibadan. Each edition drew 100 boxers, out of which an average of 25 selected
The programme has catapulted many boxers into the big time, locally and internationally.
Among these are reigning West African welterweight champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola, Prince “Lion” Nwoye, Chukwuebuka “Wize King” Ezewudo and Osamudiamen “Chiso” Goodluck.
Registration forms for the event are available free of charge at the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gym, Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) Secretariat, National Stadium, Lagos; Alake Sports Centre, Abeokuta; and Akure Township Stadium, Akure.