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GOtv Boxing Night 12: Edo boy vows to retain ABU title


By Adeyemi Robinson-Adefioye, Lagos

Reigning African Boxing Union (ABU) light welterweight champion, Stanley “Edo Boy” Eribo, has vowed to successfully defend his title when he fights Tanzania’s Ramadhani Shauri at GOtv Boxing Night 12 on 1st October.

Speaking in Lagos at the weekend, Edo Boy said the event slated to hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, will see him at his best.

“Shauri will regret accepting to fight me. The ABU title is important to me. I am not ready to relinquish it yet, not to Shauri, not anybody,” he said.

Aside from the ABU title fight, three other title fights are lined up. Olaide “Fijaborn” will defend his West African Boxing Union light welterweight title against Ghana’s Bilal Mohammed.

Also, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph will attempt to win the Commonwealth Africa lightweight title, when he takes on Kenya’s Frank Nyakesa, who is a replacement for Dillon Yule of South Africa. Yule sustained injury in training on Wednesday and pulled out of the fight.

West African featherweight champion, Waidi “Skoro” Usman will take on Tanzania’s Juma Fundi in an international challenge bout. Other bouts will see Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde will fight Tombraye “Tornado” Christmas in a light welterweight duel, while Samuel Opaogun will confront Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu. In the light heavyweight category, Kabiru “KBGodson” Towolawi will face Akeem Adebayo.

Participating boxers will earn a total of N20million in prize monies.

In addition, the Mojisola Ogunsanya prize for the best boxer of the event has been expanded to reward two runners-up. The cash prize for the best boxer is N2.5million, while the two runners-up will go home with N1million and N500,000 respectively.

Sponsored by GOtv, and supported by MultiChoice, GOtv Boxing Night will be broadcast live on SuperSport in 47 African countries.

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