Lagos – No fewer than 20 amateur boxers participated in the 50th edition of the monthly Lagos “Saturday Boxing Show’’ at the Mobolaji Sports Centre, Yaba, Lagos.
The championship which holds every last Saturday of the month was to discover budding talents at the grassroots
It is being sponsored by Olawale Edun, a former Lagos State Commissioner for Finance and currently, the Chairman, Lagos State Boxing Hall of Fame (LSBHF).
Edun said on Saturday that the show had helped to develop amateur boxing in the state.
“The show is a good platform for young boxers because it will help them to develop their talents and prepare them for future challenges in boxing.
“We want to give the youths an opportunity to express themselves in the boxing ring through this monthly programme,” he said.
Shina John defeated Taiwo Oyegunwa in the 75kg, while Saheed Lawal knocked out Samuel Elegbede in the 69kg in the female bout.
Aisha Oriyomi, representing Lagos State also knocked out Andefreke Rose from Oyo State in the 54kg, while Kazeem Saka also of Lagos State defeated Afeez Afolabi from Osun State in the 64kg.
Rilwan Oladosu of Lagos State defeated Musiliu from Osun State in the 60kg, while Oliwo Kazeem of Lagos State defeated Akande from Oyo state in the 56kg.
Aisha Sani from Gbagada Girls Junior Secondary School and Safiat Latifu from Wisdom of God Primary School, Alagbado, had the same points in the 31kg female exhibition match.
Micheal Ogunremi from Alakoto Senior High defeated Oyetola Ayomide from Ifesowapo Junior High School, Iganmu, in the 31 kg.
Aisha Oriyomi 54 kg female champion, who won on knockout, said that the show was a good platform for young boxers to develop their talents for future engagements.
“I thank the sponsor for promoting boxing and sustaining this programme because it has helped to discover lots of talents from the grassroots,’’ Oriyomi said.
She appealed to boxers to learn the techniques of the sport and obey the instructions of their coaches for them to become world class champions.
“I am training hard so that I can be a world class boxer and represent my country at the Olympic Games,” she said. (NAN)