By James Agberebi:
Olaide Fijabi emerged the best boxer at the third edition of the GOtv Boxing Night which was held on Sunday night inside the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.
For his efforts, Fijabi who defeated Kazeem Ariyo in an eight round, light welterweight contest, went home with the ultimate prize money of N1 million and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Cup.
Speaking with completesportsnigeria.com, the 2012 National Sports Festival gold medallist expressed his delight for being picked as the overall best boxer.
“I feel happy and proud that I won the star prize after emerging the best boxer of the night. For night, I don’t know what I will do with the money but I plan to spend it wisely,” Fijabi said.
“I thank God for the victory against my opponent, because before the fight, he was so sure that he would defeat me but I am happy I was able to shut him up.”
Fijabi who went on to praise his opponent, said he will take a break before resuming training as his next target is the national title.
“He is a good fighter, despite the fact that I knocked him down in the first round, he still got up to continue the fight, I congratulate him for that,” Fijabi told completesportsnigeria.com.
In the other five bouts that took place, in the heavyweight clash, Onoriode Ehwarieme knocked out Adewale Masebinu in round two, while Sule Olagbade retained his national light middleweight title against Abolaji Rasheed.
Nurudeen Fatai saw off Chibuzor Obi, as Sunday Ajuwa emerged victorious against Femi Ajayi. While the only female bout of the night was between Helen Johnson and Ghana’s Gifty Ankrah, with Johnson coming tops.
Meanwhile, 25 percent of the gate takings went to legendary boxer, Dele Jonathan. Also 50 lucky fans each went home with GOtv decoders.