30th September, 2011
A Lagos-based amateur boxer, Otto Joseph, has promised to represent the state in local and international tourneys if he is invited by the officials.
The Akwa Ibom State-born boxer made this promise in a chat with Boxing In Focus after defeating Michael Macarthy of the Repton Boys Club of London at the just concluded International Amateur Boxing Show organised by the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame in Lagos.
Joseph, who fought in the 62kg category, said his fans have not seen the best of him as there are many bouts ahead of him in which he can express himself.
â€œI know that my fans are waiting to see more of me, but I want to assure them that my best is yet to come. I have been training very hard in order to be in good shape. My wish is that I continue to have more tournaments to express myself as I have done today, â€ said Joseph.
The boxer said that winning laurels has become part of him as he has already won four this year.
â€œI am going to win more laurels for my fans before the end of this year . I have already won four trophies this year and I know more are still coming before December. All I need at this stage is to continue to work hard for my winning streak to continue,â€ said the hitman.
Joseph, however, appealed to the state government to focus on amateur boxing, saying many of them have the prospect of winning laurels for the state if they receive necessary support from appropriate quarters.
â€œAmateur boxing is no doubt growing in the state if we consider the excellent skills displayed by Lagos boxers at the Garden City Games. But I still believe that there are better days ahead if government can do more for amateur boxing in the state,â€ said Joseph.