LAGOS – Danguma Maigeri, the Vice-President, Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), on Friday commended Isaac Ekpo for winning the Commonwealth and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Super Middleweight belt.
Maigeri gave the commendation in Lagos at a forum organised by the board for the boxer to present the belt to the body.
He said that he was impressed with Epko’s performance at the championship where he defeated Peter Atu-Rickt, a France-based Ghanaian boxer to win the belt.
“ Epko has brought honour to the NBB of C family and the country at large and we are happy to identify with this remarkable success because it is not easy
“The joy of it is that he left this country to fight a Ghananian in his country and defeated him, he is indeed a good ambassador and we are proud of him.
“ I am particularly delighted because this great achievement is happening when the board is working towards reviving professional boxing in Nigeria,’’ he said.
The vice-president charged the new Commonwealth/WBO champion to strive higher and not to be overwhelmed with the success, adding that “the feat should just be the beginning”.
The 12 rounds bout organised by the WBO was staged on June 8 in Accra, Ghana.
Epko in his reaction told NAN that he was happy that his dream of becoming a world champion has been realised.
“ I cannot find words to express my joy because it was a real tough fight for me, but I thank God that I am in possession of the belt,’’ he said.
The 32-year-old boxer attributed his success to hard work, discipline and commitment, adding that “ I train with every commitment and obeyed the bidding of the fight’’. (NAN)