Governor's Belt: Ogun Boxing Chairman Rues Loss Of Quality Boxers To Other States - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Friday, December 13, 2019

Governor's Belt: Ogun Boxing Chairman Rues Loss Of Quality Boxers To Other States

Mr. Ajani displaying the Governor's Belt on Thursday.
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - Chairman, Ogun State Boxing Association, Mr. Ajani Aremu has regretted loss of the state professional boxers to other states. 

Ajani who described Ogun State as home of boxing, lamented the mad rush of the state's elite boxers to other states over lack of incentives by the state government. 

The Chairman disclosed this on Thursday at a press conference heralding the kick-off of the maiden edition of Ogun Governor's Belt and commissioning of Olympic Standard Boxing Ring organized by Ogun State Boxing Association and Ogun State Boxing Hall of Fame. 

The former boxing Coach noted that, lack of financial compensation and monthly remuneration for the boxers by the previous administration in the state responsible for dearth of professional boxers in the state. 

He called on stakeholders and philanthropists to rescue boxing game from going into extinction by supporting the state government and the association in organizing grade A competition for the boxers to discover new talents.

He said the recent achievements recorded by the Ogun-born- British boxer, Anthony Joshua was a testimony of how Nigerian youths can make an ends meet through boxing. 

He equally enjoined veteran boxers and other professional boxers who have ran away to come back home and restore the glory of the game in the state. 

"Boxing is a traditional game in Ogun state. Ogun State is home of boxers in Nigeria. Boxing is a fine game and business  oriented unlike before where it is being seen as a game for the touts. 

"I will implore stakeholders in boxing and other philanthropists to come to our aid and help us financially because we have lost many of our boxers to other states who are paying well. 

"The veteran boxers should back and help us revive this game.  Our boxers have ran away, they need money to maintain themselves and keep their body and soul together, but if there's no proper incentives in place to encourage them, we will continue to lose them to state that can pay for their services."

Also speaking, the state Director of Sports, Mr. Olusola Faleti commended the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for his tremendous support for Sports in the state since he assumed office. 

Faleti said the Governor's Belt was in recognition and to appreciate the governor's commitment in reviving sports in the state. 

He therefore, called on parents and guardians to encourage their children to participate in boxing, describing it as a gentleman's game. 

Meanwhile, the Ogun State Governor's Belt will kick off tomorrow, Saturday at the Alake Sports Centre, Ijeja, Abeokuta by 3pm. 

The Secretary of the boxing association, David Osuolale explained that, 10 bouts and two exhibition bouts would be played, while only one winner will emerge. 

Osuolale said the 10 bouts include,  three female bouts and seven male bouts on the 24 x 24 Olympic standard ring. 

He therefore thanked the Chairman, Ogun State Boxing Hall of Fame, Hon. Wale Edun for his support over the years. 

He however urged spectators and lovers of boxing to purchase their N2,000 T-shirt at the Alake Sports Centre, Ijeja, Abeokuta as entry ticket to the boxing arena on Saturday. 

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