By Ben Efe
World heavyweight professional wrestling contender, Steve Neseabageyi has declared his intention to defeat his opponent, Michael â€˜Shooterâ€™ Kovac in their April 25 contest billed to hold at the Warri Township Stadium.
Neseabageyi fondly called Mr. Kicx by his admirers, is having his first professional fight at the world level, having conquered the African continent. He said that defeating his better exposed opponent from Austria for the world heavyweight title is a task he wants to accomplish to honor the people and government of Delta for their support for his efforts.
â€œIt is my first fight outside Africa and I am determined to win it. This is because I want to honor the people of Delta and also show to them that through wrestling our restive youths can find succor inÂ sport,â€ said Neseabageyi a former national amateur wrestling champion back in the 70 and 80â€™s.
He added that he wants to emulate the exploits of his mentors, like Mike Bamidele and Mike Okpalla (a.k.a Power Mike) who brought international wrestling fame to Nigeria. â€œBamidele taught me a lot of tricks in wrestling. I want to achieve what he did at the international level this is why I am stepping up my game to the world level.
â€œHaving defeated all my opponents at the African level, I feel that I need new challenges. Beating Michael Kovac who is the European champion, is a tall order. But I will defeat him,â€ said the African heavyweight champion.Â He is hopeful that he will find all morale and financial support needed for him to claimed the world title.
He said that organising the fight sanctioned by the Nigeria Wrestling Federation and approved by the European Wrestling Association in Delta will coast him about N15 million. This is to cover the sanctioning fees, purse money for wrestlers on the card, accommodation and transportation.
â€œI will really appreciate the support of all Delta people in this regard. When I won the African title, I present the belt to the Delta State governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan. He promised that he was going to support me for this fight and I am looking forward to it and that of other Delta people,â€ said the wrestler.