23rd July, 2010
For 25 -year- old Rafiu Olawale Fadare, boxing is his chosen profession, but he is not satisfied with the way the squared rope sport is being managed in Ogun State.
The amateur boxer disclosed in a chat with Boxing In Focus that his lifelong dream is to become a professional boxer. But the dream seems impossible to achieve now because of the way the sport isÂ administered in Ogun State, his state of residence.
The dark-skinned pugilist, who was trained as an automobile engineer, said his love for the sport made him to abandon his trade, but he is forced to retrace back his step since he cannot get the enabling environment for his desired profession in the Otunba Gbenga Daniel-led state.
Fadare, who about three years ago started training as a boxer, argued that the administrators of the sport in the state have not done enough to develop the sport.
â€œBoxing is nothing to write home about in Ogun State because there are no competitions like you have in Lagos State. Boxers always train, but it is worrisome that they donâ€™t have an enabling environment to showcase what they have learnt. The administrators must be up and doing if the sport must develop,â€ he said.