By Chioma Nwafor
In a bid to make GOtv Boxing Night bigger, Chairman, GOtv Boxing Night and MultiChoice Nigeria, Adewunmi Ogunsanya (SAN), is set to splash N20million on participating boxers. This was announced in a statement by the event organisers, Flykite Sports.
GOtv Boxing Night, Africa’s premier boxing event, organisers disclosed, will stage the 12th edition in September.
The 11th edition of the show held in Ibadan on 26 March, delivering the biggest ever pay day in the country’s boxing history when Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde won the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy and a cash prize of N2million for the best boxer, a shade higher than N1.5million and N1million won by previous winners of the award. The 13th edition is billed for 26 December.
According to Flykite Sports, Mr. Ogunsanya has given a mandate for the acceleration of the event’s progress by ensuring that African and Commonwealth title fights are staged this year, while a world title fight is staged at the event next year.
“Our Chairman, Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya, is passionate about the development of the sport and the personal growth of the boxers. He wants our top boxers buy cars and homes from their purses,” said the organizers in the statement.
To realise the mandate, Managing Director, Flykite Sports, Jenkins Alumona travelled abroad last week to seal agreements with top-tier international boxers in line with the mandate given by Mr. Ogunsanya. The organisers added that details of GOtv Boxing Night 12 will be unveiled at a press conference in August.
Since debuting three years ago, GOtv Boxing Night has rekindled public passion for boxing, with each edition held before a capacity crowd. Equally important is the fact that it has revamped the sport through better organization and financing.