Lagos – Obisia Nwamkpa, the immediate past head coach, Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF), has thanked the organisers of the 2013 National Open Championship for the  rebirth of the sport.

Nwamkpa made this known in an interview  in Lagos on Saturday.

“I want to thank you people for making boxing come alive once more in the country with this National Open Champions that started in Lagos today (Saturday).

Isaac Ekpo (L) Super Middle Weight Boxing Champion with his Coach, Seidu Kalifa, in training at the National Stadium In Lagos recently.

 

“With the series of international competitions lined up for the national teams, this competition has come at the right time.

“This will help in the picking of boxers to represent the country,’’ he said.

The former Commonwealth championsaid the eight-day event deserved commendation as it would facilitate identification of more hidden talents.

“I was not impressed with the standard displayed by the boxers at the last National Sports Festival; the standard of boxing at festival was low.

“Many of the boxers may have been technically sound, but they lacked the stamina that good boxers needed to excel,” he said.

He noted that since the December 2012 festival, there had not been any competition at the national level to raise boxers.

Nwamkpa praised the organisers for coming to the rescue of the boxing and urged them not to relent.

According to him boxing as a combat sport needs constant competition to keep the boxers fit at all times.

“They have been occupied since their arrival in Lagos for the competition going through the accreditation and weighing process in readiness for kick off of the competition.’’

The competition will run from Aug. 17 to Aug. 24 at the National Stadium, Lagos.(NAN)

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