26 boxers fight for honours in Lagos

26 boxers fight for honours in Lagos
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Twenty-six boxers are expected to fight for honours in various boxing bouts at the Balmoral Event Hall, Victoria’s Island, Lagos on May 21.

Henry Lewis, promoter of the fights, said on Friday, in Lagos, that the bouts would be “really entertaining”.

Lewis, Nigeria’s ex-boxing international, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, shortly after the boxers concluded their weigh-ins.

“I am proud to bankroll the event. My target is to bring quality development into mainstream boxing in Nigeria through providing platforms that will help the boxers to excel,” he said.

He said the edition was the third one with previous ones organised in Ibadan, Oyo State and Surulere in Lagos.

“I’m glad to be back to organise another boxing edition; it is for the growth of the sport, especially keeping the boxers busy.

“Boxing has come to stay in Nigeria and as an ex-boxer, I have to contribute my own quota to keep the spirit high and keep boxers busy and away from criminal acts.

“We have set up the boxing matchup because we want to promote big time boxing in Nigeria and we are confident that the future is very bright,” Lewis said.

The main fight of the night will be between Nigeria’s hard punching Featherweight Champion, Taiwo ‘Eshepo’ Agbaje, who takes on Ghana’s Emmanuel Quartey.

The fight is a title bout for the West African Union Championship belt.

Another bout will see two female pugilists go pound for pound, while Olanrewaju Durodola, Police heavyweight boxer, will also feature in one of the bouts.