Boxing: Nigerian Kids Aim To Make It Big In Combat Sport
Some Nigerian children who are dreaming of a breakthrough in boxing were given the opportunity to showcase themselves and horn their skills.
The Brian Ayonote Boxing Gym inside the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos came alive on Saturday, December 1, as the 7th edition of the Child Dignity Foundation organized Kiddies Boxing Competition took center stage.
The 2018 edition featured 10 bouts involving 20 kids and other side attractions like boxing tutorials and mentorship program by Nigerian boxing legend and distinguished Olympian, Jerry Okorodudu.
At the end of the day, the boxers were given medal and other gift items.
One of the kid boxers who was on the gym to fight on Saturday, Balogun Oluwafemi said he is grateful for the opportunity as it brightens his chance of reaching his dream, which is to be greater that Anthony Joshua.
“I started boxing when I was six years old, now am 18, and I have about 30 medals at home.
“I have achieved a lot from this boxing competition, and I hope to that someday I will make enough to cater for my myself and other family members.”
For Okorodudu, he said the Kiddies Boxing Competition was a very good innovation that takes kids off the street and helps them horn their skills in boxing.
“It is a plus, they are exposed and their confidence is built and with time they become professionals and represent Nigeria in international competitions.”
Chief Executive of the foundation, Amaka Awogu said the aim of the event is to promote the sport and give the Nigerian children self-confidence and help build their self-esteem.
“Last year, Farouq Saheed after a sterling performance last year was awarded a scholarship by the foundation to further his education at Strong Tower Academy Ikorodu. Strong Tower because of Farouq, built a boxing gym to allow him study and pursue his passion for boxing. This singular act has vitalized our resolve to continue on this mission.”
Awogu revealed that some of the challenges the event is suffering at the moment is sponsorship as she hopes to get more sponsors in the next edition.
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