Abbey, others talk tough
With barely 48 hours to the second edition of the GOtv Boxing Night at the Indoor Sports Hall, National Stadium, boxers on the card are already talking tough.
Reigning National Heavyweight champion, Adewale ‘Tiger’ Abbey, who will be staking his crown against Tope ‘Young’ Ogunshinasi, has vowed that his opponent will not last the distance when they go into the ring for their 12-round title bout on Sunday. Abbey is hinging his optimism on his experience, having held the title for about a decade.
On his part, Ogunshinasi said he has what it takes to dethrone Abbey, adding that he has trained hard for the fight.
Ogunshinasi, who claims to be much younger and fitter than the title holder, said these attributes put him at a great advantage to record a Knock Out (KO) on Sunday.
Similarly, the duo of Waidi “Skoro” Usman, who will fight Alfred “Ahwor” Quaye of Ghana for the West African Featherweight title bout, is also talking tough.
Usman, the National Featherweight champion, boasted that he would beat the Ghanaian silly, saying that Nigeria had always been Ghana’s master in sports.
The Ghanaian has, however, vowed to turn the heat on Usman on Sunday.
Jamiu ‘Rotor’ Animashaun, who will trade punches with another veteran, Wahab ‘Hammer’ Adebisi, in the Light
Middleweight category, said he was not bothered by the records of his opponent.
Adebisi, however, laughed off the boast, saying he will teach Animashaun some boxing lessons.
Olaide ‘Fijaborn’ Fijabi, who will be making his professional debut having dominated the amateur cadre for a period, said he is raring to make a winning debut when he faces Waliu ‘Oganla’ Arogundade in the Light welterweight category.
Fijabi, a National Sports Festival (NSF) veteran, said he is confident of defeating his opponent because he is being tutored by Coach Joe Mensah, a boxing coach considered as one of the best in Nigeria and indeed Africa.