Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Why we shall Crown Gov. Obiano on 26th December in First Anambra Boxing Bouts--JAB

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Franklin: My name is Alex Franklin from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Sir please what is your name
Raphael: My name is Raphael E. Ikediobi, Union Leader, Joint Association of Boxers in Nigeria.
Franklin: What do you have to tell us concerning the forthcoming Gov. Willie Obiano’s World Boxing Championship Bouts/Investiture in conjuction with Anamabra State Ministry of Youth Entrepreneurship and sports development, taking place on 26th December, 2016?
Raphael flanked by other JAB officials
Raphael: We met a man who happens to be the best governor in Nigeria, who wants to pay for the future of the people he is governing. He has been creating a lot of avenue for the well being of the people he is governing, and his name is Governor Chief Willie Obiano Akpokuedike, the Executive governor of Anambra state.
He welcomed us, and due to the fact that he wants to use this boxing championship bouts to create jobs to the youths, to bridge cultural and ethnic differences and improve people’s lives. This declaration shows clearly the importance and power of boxing in the world. Unfortunately boxing in the Nigeria polity are yet to be fully diagnosed to grasp the strength inherent in it. According to Gov. Willie Obiano, while declaring to us that met him, sports remain a passion to all Nigerians irrespective of our differences and has remained one of the most strategic factors that has fostered the unity of this Nation.
We then told him about the history of boxing in Nigeria and made it open to him to help us to set boxing free from the moribund to best international practice. 
A Glance at Boxing in Nigeria.
Boxing, the noble art of self-defense has had a remarkable impact in the sporting circles in Nigeria. The country had produced lots of good pugilists in the last 60 years, culminating in the historic achievement by ASUQUO BASSEY, otherwise HOGAN KID BASSEY, who defeated French Algerian, CHERFI HAMAI to win the WORLD featherweight title in 1957.
But before then, the Calabar-born pugilist had won the British Empire Featherweight DIADEM by beating the famous British Boxer SPIDER KELLY in 1956 at ALBERT HALL in England.
However, prior to HOGAN KID BASSEY’S triumph as the first Nigerian to create more awareness in Pugilism as a consummate pound-for-pound ringmaster in the early 50’s.
In those days boxing clubs were located in LAFIAJI OKO-AWO, BAMGBOSE, SHETEOLU, OLOWOGBOWO, ALAKORO, AMUTO, BROAD STREET, GLOVER STREET, TOKUNBO STREET, ITA FAJI, FREEMAN AND ISALE GANGAN were boxers like speedy TWITCH BONNY ADE, ORIZZ OBILASO, OLU LAGUDA, SUGAR RAY ADIGUN, SMALL MONTANA, BLAKIE POWER, SANTOS MARTINS, ROY JACOBS, JFF DUDU, YOUNG PANTHER, GILLY JOE OSOBA SURPRISER AKINS, JOHNY FLY, QUITIN PITT, FATAI ORLANDO SONIBARE, KELVIN ODUS, NOJEEM AND KAYIN ARMAH, to mention just a few.
Nigeria had another world crown when DICK IHETU, known as DICK TIGER won the middleweight title in early 60’s and also annexed the light Heavy weight crown to become double champion.
With the emergent of new crop of boxers on the fistic scene, the likes of DELE JONATHAN, NGOZIKA EKEWELUM, ABRAHAM TONICA, LAT DARASSIN, MAMA CLAY, BILLY SAVAGE, SIKI PANTHER, HOGAN JIMOH, OBISIA NWANKPA, TONY ADEH, SUGAR RAY AMOO, HUNTER CLAY, BILLY FAMOUS, EDDIE NDUKWU, EDDIE MURPHY, and SUGAR RAY ADIO.
The game dramatically and also abysmally nosedived into its lowest ebb with a set of boxing neophytes taking the stage. We have now resolved to go back to the grassroots to re-enact what our forefathers did to promote boxing.
Franklin: After hearing this from you, what was his response?
Raphael: He decided to go to the streets to look for corporate sponsors, and to partner with us, no matter what it would cost him, time, money, and others. Ready to give Tax rebate to supports and sponsors in his state for the well-being of the youths.
Franklin: What next?
Raphael: We decided to honour him with grand boxing investiture as boxing transformation icon of our time (BTIOT), to empower him as the Chief host of Governor Willie Obiano’s World Boxing Championship Bouts/Investiture to hold on 26th December, 2016.
He promised us the following;
·        To mobilize total support/Sponsor of corporate Nigeria towards a revival of boxing in Nigeria
·        To develop sustainable programme of the youth boxing tournament (Catch them young/world championship bouts)
·        To revive the game from the grassroots to reclaim our past glory
·        Mobilizing all his associates, friends and notable corporate institution to join him in the overwhelming actualization of his monumental vision.
Franklin: What is your plan concerning the tournament.
Raphael: We are in partnership with WPBF, WBO, IBF for four world title fights, two Africa, three national titles, and twenty catch them young bouts. We are also in partnership with musicians, actors, comedians, in fact, it is going to be a great day. But before then, there will be a referee and judge’s seminar on 23rd December, 2016, and then boxer’s train, round the state to create awareness concerning the championship. On 24th, we will have a weight-in ceremony of the boxers after which press conferencing. On 25th, the boxers with their train, will go to church with the great icon of our time along with all the foreigners, numbering about 60. On 26th, Ekueme Park, Awka, will experience the highest crowd and most memorable ceremony that will not be easy to ease out in this country, and the campaign continues on 27th January till the end of March 2017. We intend to create an awareness that has not been in placement in Nigeria.
Please note that there will be a stone Magazine to herald the achievement of this great icon of our time, Governor Chief Willie Obiano Akpokuedike, Executive Governor of Anambra State, for he has done a lot and has more to do. We will do all we can humanly possible to make his continuity a reality.
Franklin: interesting, what about the promoters?
Raphael: we are in partnership with the best promoters known in boxing circle, eze uzu promotions, former WBC RENOWED PROMOTER AND STELLAFLORENCE UK BASE.
Franklin: I will be around to witness this and laudable events.

Raphael: you are highly welcome; we will make ready your AIR TICKET, MARK OF CONFIDENCE. THANK YOU.

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