Yakubu Faces Johnson In Ghana


National Super Flyweight champion, Yakubu Kareem, is set to face Ghana’s Cobbina Johnson for the Commonwealth Super Flyweight title. The bout which promises a lot of fireworks is slated for Saturday, 27 August, in Ghana.

Remi Aboderin, the Secretary General of the Nigeria Boxing Board of Control, NBB of C, in a telephone chat with Boxing In Focus said he is optimistic that the Lagos State-born pugilist will outpunch his Ghanaian opposition and bring the Commonwealth title belt to Nigeria.

“I look forward to Yakubu crossing the Cobbina hurdle and so write his name in gold by bringing the Commonwealth title belt to Nigeria. In fact, I am convinced that he is going to overcome Cobbina on Saturday,” said Aboderin.

On the chances of the Nigerian pugilist picking an away victory in his opponent’s home ground, the boxing scribe said he did not expect the bout to be a stroll in the park for the Nigerian because the Ghanaians will want to do their best to secure victory for their compatriot.

“Winning the bout will no doubt be a Herculean task for Yakubu on Saturday. But with commitment, good devotion to training and determination to excel, I think he will carry the day,” said the boxing scribe.

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However, Aboderin has decried the situation where Nigerian boxers fight on the home grounds of their opponents, saying both the government and corporate organisations should do more to encourage Nigerian boxers.

“The government of Ghana, realising the importance of sports in the society, has created an enabling environment for sports to thrive in their country. This is the reason many boxing fights involving their countrymen are staged on their land.

“Corporate organisations also sponsor sports in Ghana but this is not the case in Nigeria. For instance, the Aerosol company contributes so much to sports in Ghana but the reverse is the case in Nigeria,” said Aboderin.

—Bimbo Ajayi

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