By Olusegun Folarin
Ogun State Government has described the Ogun Boxing Hall of Fame competition as a good platform to prepare the state’s athletes for the forthcoming National Sports Festival as well as discover new talents that will be nurtured to replace ageing boxers in the state
The Permanent Secretary, Dr Qudus Yusuf stated this during the 13th edition of the monthly boxing show put together by Boxing Hall of Fame in conjunction with Ogun State Boxing Association held at the indoor hall of the state’s Sports Council, Ijeja, Abeokuta.
Dr Yusuf noted that the competition was also being used to test run facilities to be used for the hosting of the game in 2024.
He expressed confidence on the readiness of the state in preparing its athletes with series of competitions to keep them in shape and also provide the needed facilities for the successful hosting of the festival, come next year
The coordinator, Boxing Hall of Fame, Mr David Muhammed, who expressed satisfaction with the standard of the boxers, underscored the need for well meaning individuals to support the athletes at the grassroots levels.
Mr Muhammed explained that the the essence of the competition was to grow talents and nurture them into stardom.
Mr Muhammed pointed out that plans were underway to ensure that the boxers discovered during the competition were closely monitored.
One of the boxers, Oladimeji Solanke, who won his bout in the 71 kilogramme category, said his desire was to represent the country at international championship.
The bronze medalist at a championship in Kaduna thanked the organised for allowing him to showcase his talent.
In the 44kg male category, Qudus Adeniran beat Sulaimon Onabanjo five points to nothing on a unanimous decision; Oluwaseun Bankole defeated Sarah Adepoju on Technical decision in the 46kg female category after both boxers were tied on points while Ayomide Akinsanya also beat Ibrahim Gafar on a unanimous decision.
In other bouts, Kehinde Oloyede beat Olukoya Opemipo on a split decision
Rasaq Taiwo lost to Qudus Adebayo in the first round.
The indoor hall of the Sports Council which attracted sixteen boxers drawn from different clubs, was filled to capacity,