The event, which holds at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium on Saturday, will witness six fights, including the long-awaited national middleweight title clash between Abolaji “Afonja Warrior” Rasheed and champion, Sunny “King Hammer” Iyere.
The loudest boast has been made by Waidi “Skoro” Usman, national and West African featherweight champion, who is making a ring return after losing the African title fight to Edward “Shaka” Kakembo of Uganda at GOtv Boxing Night 6 in December.
Skoro has promised an explosive return against David “Lucky Boy” Ekpeyong at GOtv Boxing Night 8. “Lucky Boy is unlucky to have been paired with me at a time I am ready, willing and able to prove to my fans Kakembo’s victory was a fluke. Lucky Boy will fall in round three. End of discussion,” bragged Skoro.
Also loudly advertising his ring credentials is Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, whose light welterweight challenge duel with Joseph “Blacky Joe” Adeniji is already a talk of the town.
“Blacky Joe boasted on television that he’d defeat me. He is probably confusing me with those small boxers down sport’s food chain. I’m Fijaborn, the champ. Blacky Joe will run back to Gabon, where he came from when I finish with him,” raved Fijabi.
Blacky Joe had boasted that his main goal of returning to Nigeria is to defeat Fijabi.
“It will happen,” he said of his goal of beating the two-time winner of the N1million cash prize for the best boxer of the event.
Similarly fizzing with verbal threat is Shakiru “No Shaking” Lateef, whose opponent, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, is regarded as a potential African light welterweight champion. “Rilwan was quoted in the newspapers as saying his punches will make me shake. I laughed. I am called No Shaking because I am never shaken by blows. When I am through with him, he will become scar face,” said No Shaking.
In the welterweight division, Stanley “Edo Boy” Eribo will take on Dele “Lagelu” Adeleke. Matthew “Wizeman” Obinna will go up against Samuel “Lion Heart” Igbokwe.
The event will be broadcast live in 47 African countries by SuperSport.