Nigerian cruiserweight champion appeals for support ahead of title fight

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LAGOS – One of NIgeria’s Cruiserweight boxers, Ekeng Henshaw, on Monday appealed for support for his upcoming title fight against the African Cruiserweight Champion, Mabika Taylor on May 24.

Henshaw told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that such support would spur him to perform well in the fight that would hold in Libreville, the capital of Gabon.

The boxer added that his participation in the 12 round title bout was approved by the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C).

Henshaw, who is also an Inspector with the Nigeria Police Force, has a record of two wins and a defeat in his professional career.

The cop, who turned professional in 2013, suffered his first defeat in the hands of Boniface Kabore in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso before going ahead to win his next two bouts.

While the Gabonese African cruiserweight champion has 11 wins, which includes five knockouts and two losses.

“I am training very hard because I know he is not an easy opponent, he is the current champion in Africa and he is better ranked than me in the world.

“I know it will not be easy but I’m ready.

“I have seen some of his fights; my coach also watched his last fight, where he knocked out his opponent. I have studied him and I know his weakness and will capitalise on that.

“ I need assistance from the National Sports Commission, the Cross River State Government and the Inspector-General of Police in this fight because I am not going to Gabon on my own.

“I will also be representing Nigeria and as an officer of the Nigerian Police Force, I believe the force is solidly behind me,’’ the Nigeria champion said. (NAN)

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