GOTV BOXING NIGHT 19: ESEPO WINS N1M BEST BOXER PRIZE
BY ADEYEMI ROBINSON-ADEFIOYE, LAGOS
Fast-rising featherweight boxer, TAIWO “ESEPO” AGBAJE, on Sunday, emerged best boxer at the GOTV BOXING NIGHT 19, held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos. He was awarded the MOJISOLA OGUNSANYA MEMORIAL TROPHY and a cash prize of N1million after being adjudged the best by journalists in attendance.
The award was his second, after clinching the first at GOTV BOXING NIGHT 16 held at the TESLIM BALOGUN STADIUM last year. The boxer wowed the crowd with a commanding performance to defeat WAIDI “SKORO” USMAN, former AFRICAN BOXING UNION (ABU) champion, in their eight-round national challenge bout. He left no one in doubt of his mission from the first bell, as he twice left SKORO sprawling in the first round with vicious punches delivered at a high speed.
The 27-year-old, who is undefeated in eight fights, was quicker, more alert and energetic than the former ABU champion, who had a hugely punishing evening.
Another big winner on the night was Nigeria’s RILWAN “BABY FACE” BABATUNDE, the West African Boxing Union (WABU) champion, who knocked out Ghana’s EDEM BIKI in the final round of their 10-round international challenge bout.
Despite suffering a cut above his right eye, BABATUNDE remained undaunted and rallied back dramatically with three devastating left hooks to end the fight at the start of the last round. While the win saw BABATUNDE stretch his unbeaten record to nine, it was a first defeat for BIKI in 10 fights.
In the national lightweight challenge, RILWAN “REAL ONE” OLADOSU maintained his unbeaten streak, after seeing off HAMEED “ESSE HAMEED” GANIYU with a win via unanimous decision.
Also maintaining his unbeaten record is ABU lightweight champion, OTO “JOE BOY” JOSEPH, who knocked out TOPE “BERINJA” AGBOOLA their eight-round national lightweight challenge bout.
The eight-round national featherweight challenge bout saw Tope “TP Rock” Musa, score a unanimous decision victory over KAZEEM “THE LIGHT” OLIWO.
ADEYEMI “SPIRIT” ADEKANLA defeated ISAAC “I-STAR” CHUKWUDI, via a split decision in their national light welterweight challenge bout.
In the four-round female national bantamweight challenge, bout, RODIAT YUSUF saw off FATIMA SANNI via a second round technical knockout, while CYNTHIA “BOBBY GIRL” OGUNSEMILORE, made light work of ABIODUN “LADY CRUSHER” ADEDEJI, by securing a first round technical knockout win.
Ten journalists from the print and electronic media were honoured for their support for GOTV BOXING NIGHT and contributions to boxing in Nigeria.