Nigerian Yahaya Raheem of Borno State Monday evening at the NIS Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, recorded the fastest Technical Knock Out,TKO in the 91kg category to book his place in the semi-final of the boxing event of the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival, NSF tagged “Eko 2012”.
Raheem’s right hook sent his opponent, Victor Aniof Team Akwa Ibom to the canvass barely two minutes into the bout, forcing the referee to end the one-sided contest in round one.
The 26 years old Borno boxer said the day was not for long comments, but Raheem attributed his victory to God and hard work.
He said: “My determination and God’s support gave me victory in this bout, and I am excited to have won with the fastest time so far in the boxing event of the festival”.
His record knock out cannot make the Guinness Books yet as the record for the fastest knock out in boxing history was laid by Aurele Al Couture, an American boxer on 24 September 1946, when he sent to the canvass, a rival for the welterweight crown, Ralph Watson in just a half second. There has never been any other feat, comparable.
In the other bouts, Osayande Jolly of Edo State lost to Ambrose Godwin of Borno in the 81kg category, while Agba Alex of Team Anambra was outpunched by Sango Muritala via a Technical Knock Out, TKO to progress to the semi final.
Ekandem Hope of Akwa Ibom scored 18 points over Otumarcel Alhaji of Kogi Stae to also book his place in the semi final in the 81kg.
Uviesherhe Oteghiri lost his place in the semis, after losing to Nehikare Nosa of Oyo State, the bout ended 3-1.
Akinkugbe Akinsehinde of Borno State was also humbled 0-1 by Lawal Rasheed in the 81kg.