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GOtv Boxing Night back in Lagos with 19th edition

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The festival of boxing bouts is scheduled to hold on July 14 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos.

Jenkins Alumona, the Managing Director of Flykite Promotions who are the event’s organisers, told newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos that the event was back in Lagos with a bang.

He said boxing fans should keep their fingers crossed for a surprise package on the fight night.

“We are happy to be back and stronger for another boxing show, which will not be short of excitement and fun for boxing fans.

“We have continued to enjoy the support of our partners, Multichoice Nigeria, the owners of GOtv satellite decoders.

“Their unflinching support since our very first event in November 2014 has continued to strengthen our confidence in their passion to see to the success of the sport in Nigeria.

“Over the years we have produced many boxing champions and we just want to continue to provide that platform for our boxers to achieve more,” Alumona said.

Similarly, Chidozie Bede-Nwokoye, the Marketing Manager, Gotv-Multichoice, said they were greatly joyous to be back for the 19th edition in Lagos.

“At Gotv, we believe in the future and success of the sport and we expect nothing but another successful edition come July 14,” Bede-Nwokoye said.

Nigeria’s Rilwan “Babyface” Babatunde will engage Daniel Lartey of Ghana in an International Welterweight Challenge as part of the seven fights scheduled to hold on July 14 in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the other six fights will involve Nigerian fighters and they are all potentially explosive bouts.

In some of the fights, Tope “Berinja” Agboola will face reigning African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, in a national challenge duel.

Also in action will be current West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, who takes on Hammed “Ese Hammed” Ganiyu.

The event will equally see former ABU featherweight title champion, Waidi “Skoro” Usman, returning to action when he faces Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje in a national challenge contest.

Another featherweight challenge clash will see Kazeem “The Light” Oluwo squaring up to Tope “TP Rock” Musa.

In the light welterweight division, Akeem “Sugar Boy” Olaiwola will face Waheed “Showmax” Shogbamu, while Adeyemi “Spirit” Adekanla will take on Isaac “I Star” Chukwudi.

NAN reports that the best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1 million, alongside the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.

GOtv Boxing Night 19 will be beamed live on SuperSport, a sports television channel, in 47 African countries.(NAN)

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