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Boxing tourney sponsors promise to promote winners to stardom

Lagos – Cruise Nigeria Ltd., sponsors of boxing tournament, “the Challenger,” said on Monday that talents discovered during the competition would be supported to stardom.

Remy Adeleke, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company in Lagos said  that the company had no intention of abandoning the boxers after the championship.

Adeleke dispelled fears that the tournament was one of the “talent hunt programmes” conceived to swindle the public or entice boxers with foreign engagements that never materialise.

“We want to take advantage of boxing which is doing well in the state to further develop the sport as our own contribution to nation building.

“Talents discovered at this tournament will be monitored to stardom as they graduate to be professional boxers,” Adeleke said.

According to him, the last 20 boxers from the league type tournament will feature in a TV reality show (a replica of the MTN Project Fame) where the eventual winner will emerge.

He said the tournament would be sustained through partnership with government and corporate organisations.

The tournament, scheduled to hold between March 14 and March 19 is organised in conjunction with the Lagos State Amateur Boxing Association.

NAN reports that 180 boxers who passed the screening exercise are taking part in the tournament which is holding at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Yaba.

Rilwan Lawal of Lati Bombers Club defeated Olabisi Lawal of Costain Club, while Azeez Ajala also beat Hameed Tantala of Brightest Club in the 60kg category fights, respectively.

Also in the 60kg, Lukmon Ramon of Ashimota Club out-punched Akeem Yinusa of Aso Rock Club, while Rafiu Sodiq of Kamlat Club was also overpowered by Yinka Yusuf of Faleke Club. (NAN)


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