LAGOS – No fewer than 12 boxers are to battle in several weight categories in the maiden edition of GOtv Boxing Cup on Nov. 23 in Lagos.
The organiser of the fights, Jenkins Alumona, the Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Outcomes Nigeria Ltd., disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos.
He said that he was delighted to be a part of the epoch-making event, which has the backing of the Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C).
According to him, all the 12 boxers will be insured.
“Other than the boxers’ purse, Custodian Life Assurance Ltd., will be throwing their weight in insuring the boxers with a sum of N2 million each.
“With Multichoice Nig. Ltd, owners of GOtv decoders, throwing its weight as sponsors and promising to do more in the future, indeed it is a wonderful development.
“This will give professional boxing a new face and the boxers on parade on that night will have the opportunity to showcase their talents.’’ Alumona said.
Martin Mabutho, General Manger, Multichoice told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that it was a great development for the company to sponsor the boxing championship.
“We are happy to get involved with professional boxing in Nigeria, just as much as we are in football and basketball.
“We want to be a part of the professional boxing fights in Nigeria, because the country is blessed with great boxers and it is also popular among our viewers.
“This we noticed during the last Commonwealth Games in Scotland where Nigerian boxers showed their capabilities.
“Hence we hope to record credible success in our maiden GOtv Boxing Cup coming up on Nov. 23; then we would be looking at doing such six times in a year, ‘’ Mabutho said
Capt. Danjuma Maigari (Rtd), the Vice President, NBB of C told NAN that he was delighted over the coming Gotv Cup.
He said that it was a great development that had not happened to professional boxing in Nigeria for a long time. (NAN)