|Oluwaremilekun Aboderin,The Secretary - General |
of the Nigeria Boxing
Board of Control
The Secretary - General of the Nigeria Boxing Board of Control, Oluwaremilekun Aboderin, has attributed the growing interest of boxing in the country to the concerted efforts of the board and in particular, the support and sponsorship drives of Flykite Promotions GOTV.
Speaking in an exclusive interview, Aboderin, who also doubles as President of West African Boxing Union, stated that the fervour behind the growing interest of the sport in Nigeria, is expected to positively rub off soon on the West African region.
"We are in the process of reaching out to all the stakeholders of West African boxing, where all decisions concerning tenure and harmonisation of the constitution will be looked into, "he explained.
He acknowledged that football remains the most followed sport globally, as he regretted the flagging fortunes of the sport in the country.
" There is no contesting the fact that boxing is no longer the first love of Nigerians as it used to be in the 60s, 70s and parts of the 80s. But it is suffice to say, it is not peculiar to Nigeria.
"Truth is that FIFA, was able to organise football properly across the globe. And they ruled it with iron fists until recently when corruption charges were hung around the necks of its top officials, "the resourceful administrator quipped.
Continuing, he said," with boxing, this wasn't the case because of the setting up of numerous boxing bodies. This notwithstanding, boxing is the second most loved sport in the world and it is not different in Nigeria.
"Our people still love the sport. All they crave for is for it to be well organised and exciting. This can only be achieved with sponsors coming in to make the boxers put in their best. As a matter of fact, boxing has always enjoyed good response and love of Nigerians, "the amiable boxing and entertainment promoter added conclusively.
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