Lokoja, the ancient city where the Rivers Niger and Benue converge, is gearing up for the maiden edition of Governor Yahaya Bello boxing championship scheduled to hold from 23rd to 26th January, 2017 at the Confluence Stadium.
The three-day boxing tournament is being organised by the Kogi State Boxing Association under the newly installed leadership of Hon. Kolawole Matthew is in collaboration with the state government.
According to him, the decision of his board to stage the forthcoming Governor Yahaya Bello Boxing championship is to give a befitting one-year anniversary celebration for the state governor with his support and encouragement to boxing in the country.
The state boxing boss stated that the event will not only help promote the sports and give the opportunity to Nigerian boxers to fight for honours but will help in upholding the tradition, culture, and unity of Nigeria.
“We are organising the championship in celebration of state governor’s one year anniversary in office who is a great lover and promoter of boxing,” Hon. Matthew said.
He stated that the boxing event will be a yearly championship for two categories involving U-21 and the champion of champions with trophies and belts to be contested among boxers from 36 participating states and the FCT.
The Kogi boxing supremo said that part his objectives is to help expose, harvest and harness young prospects in boxing at the grassroots in Nigeria.
He said, “we also seek corporate sponsorships as well as welcome individuals who could contribute in any way or the other to support the staging of the pugilist game in the state”.