Twenty million naira has been earmarked for the twelveth edition of Nigeria’s popular professional boxing championship tagged Gotv Boxing Night fixed for Sunday, October, first, at the Indoor Sportshall of National Stadium, Surulere.
General Manager, Marketing and Sales, MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho, who thanked Flykite Productions, the promoter of the championship and other prominent stakeholders in Nigeria’s professional boxing, said the prize money attached to the event had been expanded to accomodate other winners apart from the adjudged overall winner of the tournament.
Mabutho, who is excited over the growth of professional boxing in the country, said the sponsor had also re-introduced Next Generation, an amateur boxing tournament, which was aimed at discovering of potential pugilists who in a couple of years would join the league of professional boxers.
The cash prize for the best boxer, Mabutho said, had been raised to two point five million naira while the runner-up would get a million naira just as the second runner-up would pocket a cash prize of five hundred thousand naira.
The competition, named Independence Day Edition, will witness four international African titles, will see Otto Joseph of Nigeria taking on Yule Dillion of South Africa in the Commonwealth Africa Lightweight title bout.
Stanley Eribo will fight against Ramadha Shauri of Tanzania in the African Boxing Union Welterweight title defense bout while Olaide Fijabi will challenge a Ghanaian boxer, Ben Ankrah in West African Light Welterweight Title defense bout.
Waidi Usman will fight Juma Fundl of Tanzania in the International Feather weight Challenge Bout.