Mensah Sad Over Boxing Woes

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As Nigeria gets set to mark her Golden Jubilee celebration, veteran boxing coach, Joe  Mensah says there is no need for celebration because boxing is at the lowest ebb in the  country.

Speaking with Boxing In Focus at the weekend, Mensah said the state of boxing in Nigeria  really calls for serious scrutiny. He argued that the administrators have not done enough  in the developmental aspect of the squared-rope sport.

The boxing coach, who couldn’t hide his feelings, said too much concentration on    football is not doing boxing any good.

He stated the three things that must be put in place if boxing must grow in the country.

“There must be conducive atmosphere for sponsors to come in. Where it concerns government  is for them to put facilities in place. But, as at today there is no facility for boxing  across the country, and the administrators are comfortable with the situation,” Mensah  said

He stressed that if boxing could get half of the attention football is getting, the sport  would have taken Nigeria to greater heights as it was before independence.

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Mensah said there is need for Nigeria to have addressed the problem as she clocks 50  because it was boxing that brought Nigeria recognition.

According to the veteran boxing coach, “there are more football stadium than boxing gyms  in the country. Everywhere you go, you’ll find a stadium but same cannot be said of  boxing gym. We need to look inward if boxing must be revived.”

On Nigeria’s chances in the boxing event of the Commonwealth Games, he said he wished the  five boxers well but cannot beat his chest that they will do well in New Delhi, India.

He noted that all the indoor sports halls in the country are multi-purpose, adding that  they are not good enough for boxing events. He reckoned that boxing requires more  attention than it is getting now.

“We really need the Federal Government to do more for boxing to develop in the country.  The sport is going down by the day. The administrators should endeavour to build boxing  gymnasium in the geo-political zones in the country. With that the sport would go places,  he said.”