‘Ijebu’ targets fame at GOtv Boxing Night 31


Ijebu Gbenga

Super welterweight boxer, Afikun “Ijebu” Gbenga, has said he aims to launch himself to limelight at GOtv Boxing Night 31, scheduled for the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, on May 1.

His super welterweight challenge fight against Adewale Oladeji, is one of the seven bouts lined up for the boxing showpiece.

Speaking about his preparations for the fight, Ijebu said he wants to follow the footsteps of other local boxers who had made a name for themselves on the GOtv Boxing Night platform.

He said: “This is a big opportunity for me to announce myself to Nigerians. The likes of Esepor, Kadima, Babyface, Olowu, have become popular in Nigeria due to their performances at GOtv Boxing Night. As a young boxer, these are the kind of opportunities we need, and I plan to make it the most of it.”

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The biggest fight on the night will be the 10-round West African Boxing Union (WABU) light welterweight title clash between the cracking pair of Segun “War” Adeyemi and Adeyemi “Spirit” Adekanla, which is deemed as the biggest possible match-up in the category.

Also scheduled for the night is a national welterweight challenge between Raheem “Baddo” Animashaun and Samuel “Apata Roro” Moses.

Also, the national flyweight champion, Sifon ‘Best’ Iwatt, will take on Sikiru Ogunyaju in a national challenge bout.

The catchweight category will see a challenge fight between Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan and Bartholomew Abuchi; Emmanuel Abimbola will faceoff with Azeez Ayobami in the national lightweight category. Hammed ‘Ese’ Ganiyu will confront Yusuf “hungry Lion” Ogunbumi in the light welterweight category.

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