Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Nigeria Boxers Body To Honour Gov.Obiano


By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Joint Association of Boxers (JAB) in Nigeria, people engaged in professional and amateur boxing in the country and all stake-holders in the field have moved to honour the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano as the ‘Boxing Transformation Icon of Our Time (BTIOT)’, as well as to institute ‘Governor Willie Obiano World Boxing Championship Tournament’ in the state.

Disclosing this in an interview with news48hour.com, JAB’s National Leader, Raphael Ikediobi, said that preparations are being concluded for the grand investiture and title boxing bouts fixed for the 26th of December, 2016, at the popular Dr. Alex. Ekwueme Square in Awka.

According to Ikediobi, besides the historic project, his association was working in partnership with World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF), World Boxing Association (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF), to stage four World, two African and three national title fights, and twenty catch- them-young bouts in Anambra State.

He added stated that their meetings, interactions and relationship with the governor have crystallized into an historic watershed that is giving great impetus to the development of boxing and the sports sector generally, pointing out that Obiano’s interest and practical demonstration of positive actions to introduce the desired revolutionary changes are unprecedented in this part of the world.

The JAB leader expressed delight that the state government profoundly appreciates the immense potentialities of boxing and sporting engagements as indispensable means of developing the society, emphasizing that, Anambra State is bound to set the pace for others in several areas of the nation’s socioeconomic environment.


He noted that among the programmes mapped out for the investiture which was geared towards celebrating ‘Gov. Obiano’s achievements in life, wonderful record in governance and practical efforts to develop the sports sector, and boxing in particular,’ are Seminar for Referees, Judges/ Officials, and Boxers Road-show round the state (on Friday, 23th December, 2016); Boxers Weigh-in and Press-Conference on Saturday, 24th December, 2016; Christmas Religious Service/Celebration, involving Boxers, Officials, Boxing Stake-holders and the State Executive Council (EXCO) (on Sunday, 25th December, 2016); and Monday, 26th December, 2016 (Obiano’s Investiture and Opening Boxing Bouts, at the Dr. Alex. Ekwueme Square, Awka); as the Boxing Fiesta continues through the first quarter of 2017.

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