National light welterweight champion, Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, and Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, national lightweight champion are about concluding their preparations for their respective encounters with Ghanaian opponents at GOtv Boxing Night 9, holding on Sunday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.
Fijabi is billed to fight Raphael “Iron King” Kwabena King, while Joe Boy will fight Richard “Desert Warrior” Amefu in international challenge bouts that will rekindle the age-old Ghana/Nigeria sporting rivalry.
The Ghanaians have not been short of boasts, each threatening to end the undefeated status of his opponent. The Nigerian stars have also not been reticent, with Fijabi dismissing his opponent with the quip “Ghana must go”.
Other participating boxers are also about winding down preparations. Idowu “ID Cabasa” Okusote, who is seeking to dethrone national cruiserweight champion, Ekeng “Fighting Policeman” Henshaw, said he is in the right shape to end the champion’s reign. “I am as fit as a horse. Ekeng is gone,” he raved.
Also threatening to disgrace his more established opponent is Adewale “Masevex” Masebinu, who is fighting Jude “Great Jude” Iloh, national light heavyweight champion. Masebinu dismisses, as irrelevant to their contest, the fact that Iloh has not lost in seven fight. “It does not matter. I will beat him, as I have had a fantastic camping period,” he said.
The three other fights at the event will see match-ups between Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi and Emmanuel “Man Mopol” Igwe (light heavyweight), Prince “Lion” Nwoye vs Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan (lightweight), and Ebube “Coded Man” Edeh vs Semiu “Jagaban” Olapade (light middleweight). Fans at the event will also have an opportunity to watch the Nigerian Premier League title decider featuring Enugu Rangers and El-Kanemi Warriors on giant LED screens to be installed by the organisers at the venue.
The event will be broadcast live in 47 African countries by SuperSport.