14th September, 2011
New Commonwealth Super Flyweight champion, Yakubu Kareem, has presented his belt to the chairman, Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame, LBHF, Wale Edun.
Kareem made the presentation on Monday when he paid the LBHF topshot a visit at his Lagos office.
The boxer, during the visit, said he was motivated to present the belt to Edun as a way of showing his appreciation to him for the way he is promoting boxing in Lagos State and Nigeria.
â€œI am here to present this belt as a way of showing my appreciation to you for your consistent support to boxing in Lagos State and Nigeria. Your contribution to the sport in the country cannot be overemphasised. That is the reason I am here today to present the belt to you,â€ said the pugilist.
In his reaction, Edun said he is happy that Kareem showed the Nigerian spirit in him by knocking out Ghanaâ€™s Cobbinah Johnson in Accra to become the new Commonwealth champion.
â€œI rejoice with you because you have done the country proud by winning a Commonwealth title. God will continue to be with you and give you more success than this. Boxing is a veritable means of lifelihood and I pray that the lifelihood will not turn to pain for you,â€ said Edun.
The LBHF boss said the new Commonwealth champion should be encouraged and supported for him to succeed in his boxing career.
â€œYou should be encouraged for doing the country proud. Having supported you once, we are not going to leave you. Each time you fight, you are bringing recognition to the country by flying the flag of your fatherland,â€said Edun.
The LBHF boss, during the presentation said that the ace pugilist is an inspiration to upcoming boxers that are nursing the ambition of becoming champions in their boxing careers.
â€œYou are an inspiration to young boxers who are also aspiring to become champions like you. What is in the mind of every professional boxer is to win a world title. And you have achieved this through your courage and endurance,â€ he said.
Kareem told P.M. Sports after the presentation said the event of the day has encouraged him to remain focused and not to rest on his oars.
â€œI am very happy with what has happened today. The event of today has gingered me to aim higher than my Commonwealth title. My dream is to win a world title and I am determined to achieve this by working very hard,â€ said Kareem.