Nigerians Outshine Ghanaians


The much-publicised amateur boxing tournament between Nigerian boxers and their Ghanaian counterparts, the Black Bombers, was concluded with Nigerian boxers outshining their West African visitors.

The boxing contest which was largely a one-sided affair had Nigerian hitmen winning eight out of the nine bouts at the tournament.

Among the Nigerian boxers that won their respective bouts at the tournament are Taiye Agbaje, Seyi Adegboyega, Waidi Sogbamu, Muideen Akanji, Olaide Fijabi and Kehinde Ademuyiwa.

The only Nigerian boxer that lost at the friendly tournament was Friday Felix who fought in the 49kg category.

Tunde Laguda, a boxing coach in a chat with Boxing In Focus on Monday said that though the tournament was a friendly affair, Nigerian boxers with their performance have shown that they are well prepared for the coming All Africa Games in Maputo and 2012 London Olympic Games.

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“The Nigerian boxers displayed superb performance despite the fact that the tournament was a friendly contest.

“Their display at the tourney is an indication that Nigerian boxers are well prepared for the coming All Africa Games in Maputo and 2012 London Olympic Games,” said Laguda.

The Nigeria Boxing Federation, NBF, was responsible for the transportation, accommodation and feeding of the Ghanaian team for the duration of their stay in Nigeria.

The NBF used the tournament to reciprocate Ghana’s hospitality when the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF) hosted the Nigerian boxing team during a training tour last year in preparation for the 2010 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.

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