23rd March, 2012
Head Coach of Paramount Boxing Club, Godwin Okoji, has expressed confidence in Nigerian boxers to win medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games billed to hold later this year.
In a chat with P.M.Sports, the boxing trainer said that Nigerian boxers will give a good account of themselves at the London Olympics than they did four years ago in Beijing.
“I am convinced that Nigerian boxers will perform excellently at the London Olympics than they did in Beijing. The boxers have improved tremendously after the last Olympics,” said Okoji.
The trainer said Nigerian coaches have been exposed to modern system of training, which is common in world boxing.
“Boxing coaches in the country are doing their best to develop themselves. It is obvious that most of these coaches have developed tactically. They are now in tune with the modern system of training, which is the current trend in world boxing,” Okoji said.
He added: “Gone are the days when Nigerian coaches used crude means during training. The good news is that most of them have honed their skills over time on how to train boxers by using scientific methods.”
The coach said Nigerian boxers no longer feel inferior whenever they take on their foreign counterparts since they now adopt the same method of training with them.
“Nigerian boxers now believe in themselves and do not feel inferior whenever they trade punches with foreign boxers. Their system of training is the same with their counterparts in other countries,” added the coach.
Okoji said that the current form of the boxers has raised his hope that Nigeria will win medals in the boxing event at the London Games.
“Our boxers were a bit inferior to the British boxers at the first edition of the Lagos Versus Repton Boys Club, but it was a different ball game when they came to Nigeria for the second edition.
“The way Nigerian boxers stood toe-to-toe against their British counterparts has raised my confidence in them. That is why I don’t see any reason the boys will not do the country proud at the Olympics,” added Okoji.