*Holds on Boxing Day in Lagos
By Adeyemi Robinson-Adefioye, Lagos
Music and boxing are set to mix seamlessly at GOtv Boxing Night 13, scheduled to hold on 26th December at Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island in Lagos. The event, which promises to be the biggest edition ever, will see four of the country’s biggest musical talents perform. Billed to perform are Small Doctor, Reekado Banks, Falz The Bahd Guy and Simi.
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos Tuesday, Jenkins Alumona, CEO of Flykite Promotions, the event organiser, explained that GOtv Boxing Night 13 seeks to fuse music and boxing because they are two most popular strains of entertainment.
“Boxing and music provide entertainment. We decided to provide a better rounded entertainment package for fans as an end of the year present. Whether it is music you want or boxing or both, you have an unbeatable package with the quartet of Small Doctor, Reekado Banks, Falz and Simi as well as top class boxing action, including two African Boxing Union (ABU) title fights,” said Alumona. He disclosed that buses will be provided to convey fans, who buy tickets, from the National Stadium to the event venue and bring them back.
The event will feature seven fights across weight divisions, with the headline bout being the ABU lightweight title fight between Nigeria’s Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph and Egypt’s Abdulrahim Ahmed. Also scheduled is the ABU light welterweight title bout between Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi of Nigeria and Michael Odhiambo of Kenya. The third international duel of the night is the West African Boxing Union (WABU) middleweight title clash, which will see incumbent champion, Abolaji “Afonja Warrior” Rasheed, seek to stop contender, Ghana’s Aryee Ayitteh.
There will be two domestic title bouts. One of these will see fast rising Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde go up against Chijioke “Painless” Ngige in the light welterweight category. The other will see the flamboyant Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu seek to win the vacant lightweight title when he takes on Kehinde “Ijoba” Badmus.
A lightweight challenge bout between Rilwan “Scorpion” Oyekola and Jimoh “Hogan Jimoh Jr” Lukman will also hold. The fight line-up is completed by a national super middleweight challenge bout between Matthew ‘Wizeman” Obinna and Cosmos “Awosika” David.
The best boxer at the show will go home with N2.5million, while the two runners-up will win N1million and N500,000 respectively.
This is about the first time that music celebrities like Falz The Bahd Guy will be performing in a sports event.