10th November, 2014
Former National and West African Super Middleweight champion, Bob Alagoro has identified endurance, hardwork and fear of God as virtues that a young boxer must possess for him to attain greatness in boxing.
Bob Alagoro, who started boxing in 1977 at the age of 17 said that becoming great in the pugilist trade is very easy but it takes the three virtues of endurance, hardwork and fear of God for a young boxer to get to that level in his career.
Alagoro, who is undisputed National and West African Super Middleweight champion during his active days wanted young boxers to write the words of Bishop David Oyedepo of the Winners’ Chapels in their hearts which says that ‘National and West African Super Middleweight champion “a winner without winning about is not a winner.”
He said looking back in his career as a boxer, “I’m so glad that today I’m a champion and a winner worshiping at Winners’ Chapel. I’m so proud of my achievement in boxing and I want to be grateful to what some people had done in my life to get to this level. I would like young boxers to follow my footsteps because I had seen a lot and I can say with boldness that boxing made me what I achieved today.
“I want to specifically thank Bishop Oyedepo for impacting positively in my life since I came to Badagry where I’m currently the Chairman of Winners’ Chapel, Egbeda Zone 8, Badagry.”
Bob Alagoro, who was the first athlete to win boxing laurel for NIPOST, is now tutoring no fewer than 500 young boxers in boxing and cabinet making at his academy, Bob Alagoro Boxing Academy.
“I want to take these young boxers on the rudiments of boxing and at the same time give them the opportunity of learning more about cabinet making. I learnt cabinet making as an occupation, but ended up as a boxer. By this, they would have a source of income apart from boxing. My dream is that some of these boys would become world champions in boxing someday.