National heavyweight boxing champion Adewale ‘Tiger’ Abiodun on Friday called on stakeholders to do more for the development of the sport.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that urgent steps needed to be taken to salvage the dwindling fortunes of boxing in the country.
According to Abiodun, boxing used to be the number one sport in Nigeria.
He said that the sport used to attract a lot of promoters and sponsors in the past.
”Boxing is not what it used to be in the country any more, there is dearth of promoters and sponsors that would organise world class fights for our boxers.
”Nigeria is blessed with abundant talents that can challenge the best boxers at the international level.
”But a situation where very little is done to keep the boxers busy, many boxers in Nigeria may not have opportunity to turn professional in their entire career,” Abiodun said.
He expressed happiness over the planned professional fight to be sponsored by GOTV.
Abiodun is billed to fight Tope ‘Young’ Ogunshakin in the forthcoming GOTV Boxing Cup heavyweight category on November 23.
”I give thanks to the promoters and the organisers, it is been quite a while when something of this nature was organised for professional boxers.
”I look forward to this great opportunity and can guarantee fans that they would not be disappointed,” Abiodun said.
Meanwhile the contender, Ogunshakin told NAN that he had utmost respect for the national champion, noting however, that it was time for the national title to change hands.
”I know Abiodun is a tough fighter but I am ready mentally and physically to dethrone him,” Ogunshakin said.
Ten other professional boxers are billed to fight in different weight categories.
The boxing bouts are put together by FlyKite Productions and sponsored by Multichoice Nig. Ltd.