Governors of South Eastern states of Nigeria have been commended for sponsoring their boxers to Lagos for the just concluded National Men and Women Boxing Championship held in Lagos.
An Executive Board member of the Nigeria Boxing Federation, Osondu Ogbu, popularly known as ‘Old Skool’ who is representing the South East on the NBF board, made the commendation in Lagos yesterday while commenting on the week-long championship held at the Brai-Ayenote Boxing Gym, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
According to him, this is the first time the South East region had good representation at the National Boxing Championship with Abia, Enugu and Imo states presenting ten (10) boxers each courtesy of their state Governors.
Ogbu reasoned that with such support, the South East region will soon take over boxing in Nigeria. He also gave kudos to the various state commiss-ioners for sports for facilitating the movement of their boxers to Lagos where they were also fed and accommodated for the entire period of the championship.
He equally challenged the boxers to reciprocate the good gesture by showing exceptional interest in the boxing profession in order for them to go far. Ogbu also commended the secretary of the boxing federation, Chimezie Asiegbu for single-handedly running the competition with very little fund when compared with what his predecessors have been demanding in other to run the same championship. He called on other board members to join hands together for them to move the boxing federation forward..