WBF President, Howard Goldberg Says Nigeria, Africa Can Produce World Boxing Champions

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As WBF super featherweight boxing bout holds

The stage is set for the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Super Featherweight title bout between the Nigerian boxer, Ridwan ‘Scorpion’ Oyekola and Argentine counterpart, Lucas Matias Montesino as the two boxers weighed in on Saturday, December 26, 2020.

The bout is scheduled to take place at Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort, Ibadan, Nigeria.

While addressing journalists during the weigh-in of the boxers, the World Boxing Federation President, Howard Goldberg, noted that Nigerian boxers are great, saying that he is doing everything humanly possible to work with the President of the Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBBofC), Dr. Rafiu Ladipo to discover more talents for Nigeria and Africa at large.

Goldberg said “I have been in boxing for about 42 years, too often African sadly always look for support from big world bodies and all. We need to start creating our own champions and show to the world that African is as good, if not better than Europe and America etc.

“So, Rilwan is fighting an Argentine, they are both young guys and it is going to be a tough fight. There are many African fighters that have gone to Europe and won World titles. It is a process, you can’t change boxing 100 percent overnight but I’m working well with the President, Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBBofC), Dr. Rafiu Ladipo and we will build exciting and young fighters and we will put them on a platform for bigger things.”

While speaking, Ladipo said another history is about to be made in Ibadan, as the World Boxing Federation (WBF) has officially sanctioned the International Super Featherweight title bout between Ridwan and Lucas.

He said that since 1963, Oyo State has not had any title challenge but optimistic that Rilwan Oyekola will make Oyo State proud again.

According to him, “If you look at over 57 years ago, precisely October 8, 1963, at the Liberty Stadium, now Obafemi Awolowo stadium, Ibadan, there was one Nigeria Richard Ihetu (Dick Tiger) who fought for the World Middleweight title against an America’s Gene Fullmer and thank God, Dick Tiger won the fight and ever since, we have not had any title fight in Ibadan.

“But this time around, the title fight after that history was made, we have decided to bring back boxing to Ibadan between Rilwan Oyekola, an Ibadan boy and Lucas from Argentina which is happening at Ilaji Hotel and Sports Resort.

“Since I became the President of NBBC, I pledge to Nigerians that we would bring back the lost glory in boxing. Remember, it was boxing that put us first on the World sporting map.

“Now, we have Rilwan, a young man who has potential of becoming a World champion, I believe we can help him. Thank God I am working with this good man, WBF president, he has been helpful,” Ladipo said.

At the end of the weigh in, Oyekola weighed in 58.79 while his opponent, Lucas weighed in 58.97.

Other fights expected on Sunday include Olajide Fijabi and Moses Doses, Akeem Sadiku Dodo against George Hamuzu among others.

The Promoter of the bout, Mr. Sola Ford said his interest in boxing made him invest so much in boxing to put the local boxers on the world map and create good boxers for Oyo State and Nigeria at large.

Packaged by Kunle Gazali

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