18th May, 2012
Former skipper of the Lagos State U-18 boxing team, Sikiru Shogbesan, has vowed to do the state proud at the coming National Sports Festival billed to hold later in the year.
Representing Yaba Local Council Development Area at the ongoing Lagos State Sports Festival, tagged Ibile 2012, Shogbesan secured a unanimous victory over Tobi Kolawole of Ifako Ijaye Local Council Development Area in the 56kg category.
In a chat with Boxing In Focus, the hitman revealed that he is working hard for the festival and ready to win a gold medal if he is picked to represent the state at the games.
“My fans should expect nothing less than a gold medal from me if I qualify to represent the state at the games. I am working towards it and I know that I can achieve it if I am given the chance to compete at the games,” said Shogbesan.
He said: “I won medals for Lagos State at the junior level and I know that I can do it again at the senior level if I am given the privilege. I represented the state at the junior level in Kano and Calabar and I won gold medal for the state on both occasions.”
“I am ready to give my best at the games because the state and my fans are expecting so much from me. Infact, I am one of the boxers that the state is banking on to win medals at the games,” added Shogbesan.
However, Shogbesan hinted that the trial will not be a stroll in the park for him, adding that there are other good boxers in the same category with him.
“I expect to face a tough challenge in the trial because there are good boxers in the state that we belong to the same weight category. But I have made up my mind to qualify in order to represent Lagos State at the games,” concluded Shogbesan.