4th March, 2011
What a man can do, a woman can even do better. This aptly describes the success recorded by female boxers at the just concluded 1st Dove Golden Belt Boxing Tournament organised by to celebrate the birthday of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
The two-day tourney was organised by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant on Grassroots Sports Development to Governor Raji Fashola in conjunction with the Redeemed Church of God. It was held at the RCCGâ€™s Youth Centre, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Kehinde Obare of Army Boxing Club, Oyo State, beat other 13 boxers to the star prize of the bout with her outstanding display and prowess in the ring when she fought Taiwo Osijo in the female 60kg category. She was adjudged as the Most Outstanding Boxer of the championship by a five-man panel of judges which included Nigerian international, Abiodun Ajose, Jeremiah Okorodudu and Obisia Nwakpa. Obare won the sum of N450,000.
In the second position was another female boxer, Kemi Adebayo of the Champion Boxing Club, Ogun State, who also performed brilliantly in her fight against Adebayo Mutiat in the 51kg category. She won the sum of N350,000. Fijabi Olaide, a male boxer, came third. He fought Seun Taiwo in the 64kg category. Olaide won the sum of N250,000.
Four other boxers who won their different fights were given consolatory prize of N25,000 each, while the losers got the sum of N15,000 each.
The Special Assistant to Pastor Adeboye on Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola disclosed to the spectators, which included boxers, sports administrators and members of the RCCG that the three outstanding boxers will receive their prizes, trophies and certificates from Pastor Adeboye at the monthly Holy Ghost service which will hold today the churchâ€™s camp.