By Babatunde Ogunrinde
Lagos – Ahead of GOtv Boxing Night 14 holding at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Staidum, Lagos, on Saturday, participating boxers have been threatening to reduce their respective opponents to pulp.
Djossou “Agoy’’ Basile, a Beninois nationale, scheduled to fight Nigeria’s Rilwan “Baby Face’’ Babatunde for the West African Boxing Union (WABU) welterweight title, said he would do it in style.
Basile also boasted that he would win the best boxer prize award of N1 million ahead of other boxers scheduled for the boxing fiesta.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that he was delighted about the invitation and would box his way into the hearts of fans in the arena.
“I am here to fight and not for anything else, I have been dreaming of this opportunity and now that it has finally come, I am mentally and physically ready to battle Babayface.
“I expect a tough fight form Babyface because he would be fighting in a place that will give him the necessary support, but I will work hard to change that.
“I have seen him fight and I can tell you that he is just a boy in boxing terms. He has been fighting boys all along. But this time, he will fight a man, a real man,’’ Basile said.
Nigeria’s Waidi “Skoro’’ Usman, fights Kenya’s Michael “Shaka’’ Nyawade for the African Boxing Union (ABU) featherweight title and also boasted that his opponent would return to Kenya a crushed man.
Nyawade, on arrival in Lagos on Wednesday, bragged that he will take Skoro out in no time.
Similarly, tough talk has been swapped between Rilwan “Real One’’ Oladosu and Kazeem “Ijoba’’ Badmus, who will clash for the national lightweight title bout.
Oladosu, winner of the N2.5million cash prize for the best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 13, in December, claimed that he is poised to win the prize for this edition.
Oladosu dismissed Badmus’ taunting words, saying he had no skills to match his boxing tactics.
“Badmus cannot stand my skills in the boxing ring, he has been making a lot noise and I will show him that he is nothing but a talkative,’’ Oladosu said.
Meanwhile, ABU lightweight champion, Oto “Joe Boy’’ Joseph also warned his opponent in the national lightweight challenge bout, Prince “Lion’’ Nwoye, to be ready for savage punching.
“He has never beaten me as an amateur, if he did, why is he not representing Nigeria at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“Sincerely he should just stop telling lies and wait till we meet on fight night,’’ Joseph said.
Nwoye, however, maintained he won amateur duels between them, adding that the time to prove his superiority over Joseph had come.
“He will suffer for all the denials, the records are there and come Saturday, I will make him suffer more for his denials,’’ Nwoye said.
In the cruiserweight category, Abiodun “Finito’’ Afini takes on Razak “Ramon’’ Hyena.
Chukwuebuka “Wise King’’ Ezewudo will be up against Semiu “Jagaban’’ Olapade in the middleweight category.
The light heavyweight division will see Sulaimon “Olags’’ Adeosun up against Majesty “Majesty 1’’ Maduka.
The event will be aired live on SuperSport in 47 African countries.