BOXING: 28year-Old Refrigerator Repairer Wins Ogun Governor's Belt - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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BOXING: 28year-Old Refrigerator Repairer Wins Ogun Governor's Belt

Ogun Governor's Belt Champion, Kasali Ayobami
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - A 28-year-old refrigerator repairer, Ayobami Kasali on Saturday night won the maiden edition of Boxing Governor's Belt in Ogun State. 

Kasali who fought in the male 52kg category defeated his opponent, Kenneth Ameh by the judges' unanimous decision of 5-0 in the three rounds of the bout.

Speaking to THE ENCOUNTER NEWS shortly after emerging champion, Kasali said it took him one year to prepare for the competition. 

The Silver medalist in the 2018 National Sports Festival, Abuja added that, traveling abroad to further his boxing career would be a dream come true. 

His words, "I thank God and I appreciate the sponsors for the initiative and their support to organize this kind of competition. It will really help majority of us especially the amateur boxers to have new experience.

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"Winning this competition is a dream come true because I've prepared earlier at least, for over a year since I know I will be competing in a bout like this.

"Although, I have participated and won many medals in Champion of Champions in Lagos where I won gold medals on two consecutive year, and silver medal at the last National Sports Festival in Abuja. 
Sholanke Oladimeji (Blue) and Popoola Sodiq waiting for the Judges decision in the 69kg male category
"After this now, I think traveling abroad is the next target for me to improve on my boxing. Therefore, I will need everybody's support financially to achieve this", he said in local dialect.

Kasali also went home with the star prize of 32 inches Plasma television and undisclosed amount of money. 

In the other bouts, Popoola Sodiq lost to Sholanke Oladimeji by split decision of 2-3 in the male 69kg category, while Ogunbowale Taiwo defeated Awwal Balogun by 5-0 in the 49kg category. 

Sanusi Abiodun of the NSCDC stopped Solomon Adekunle by TKO in the round 2 of the bout, Sodiq Ayankojo defeated Kabiru Sodiya by split decision of 3-2.

In the female categories, Halimot Gbadamosi defeated Damilola Sodipe by split decision of 3-2 in the 57kg, while Bolanle Sogbamu defeated Ekpeyong Jessie Peter by a unanimous decision of 5-0 in the 75kg. 

Dignitaries at the colourful boxing event are; Olympic Silver medalist and IOC Ambassador, Lukmon Lawal, Hon. Yusuf Adejojo, Commandant, NSCDC, Ogun State, Hammed Abodurin, HRM Oba Babatunde Ositogun, the Oniwasimi of Wasimi, Hon. Allen Taylor among others.

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