Notable boxers from Ghana, Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and others would be storming the country for a boxing championship tagged: ‘Warriors of Africa’ slated to hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu, Enugu State on December 30th by 12 noon.
According to the organisers, the main bout of the day would be the WPBF African championship challenge between Nigeria’s Great Jude Ilo and James Williams from DRC.
Speaking at the signing ceremony of the title bouts in Lagos at the weekend, Stella Florence, said she decided to engage in promoting boxing to help develop the sport in the country.
She added that her organisation would also be collaborating with the former vice president of the country and PDP’s flagbearer in the fourth coming general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to make the championship a more exciting one.
“I decided to go into promoting boxing as a youth to create more awareness of the sport. Nigeria has the potentials to be the best in boxing if adequate measures are put in place to give the boxers platforms to exhibit their skills, which will in turn attract the younger ones that are eager to be boxers.
“We are starting off in Enugu because the government has given us the nod to host the event with necessary assistance given. The boxing championship would also take place in Abuja, Port Harcourt. We intend to cover the whole of Nigeria in future. At the event, their would be a national title fight, called Atiku’s belt and eight exhibition bouts.” she said.
Appearing in a title fight, Ilo noted that he is working hard to beat his DRC opponent to show to the world that Nigeria is still a force to reckon with in boxing. He stated that boxing has started gaining its ground in the country based on the fact that more promoters are getting into the sport.
Calf Injury Taints Man Utd’s Fellaini’s January Transfer
Marouane Fellaini has suffered a calf injury and will be out for up to four weeks thereby ruling him out of January move away from Manchester United.
Interim boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer disclosed this in a press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Brighton that the, Fellaini “will be out for at least three or four weeks. He’s got a calf problem and that is sad.”
The 31-year-old was linked with a move to AC Milan and Porto but the injury he suffered during training means he will is staying put at Old Trafford.
The Belgian midfielder has made just one substitute appearance since the interim manager took over from Jose Mourinho.
Australian Open: Sharapova Defeats Wozniacki To Reach Fourth Round
Defending Champion, Caroline Wozniacki was stunned by Maria Sharapova in a three set game that lasted two hours twenty-four minutes at the Australian Open tournament.
31-years-old, Sharapova, grabbed the last four games to eliminate Wozniacki 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the fourth round at Melbourne Park.
Sharapova said “I haven’t played many matches in the last year, especially against top players, and these are the kinds of matches I train for. Experience is priceless but you still have to work for it,” she said after the game. She will now face 15 seeded, Ashleigh Barty, who defeated Maria Sakkari.
Sharapova won the Australian Open in 2008 which happens to be one of her five Grand Slam trophies but hasn’t been past the quarterfinals since 2015. She was banned in March 2016 for failing drug test, after which she returned after a 15-month suspension.
AFCON 2019: Gernot Rohr Rules Out Bench Warmers From Tournament
Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has ruled out bench warmers from the team that will try to win the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations for a fourth time.
Rohr says only exceptionally good players playing regularly for their clubs, would be included in the Super Eagles final list for this year’s tournament in Egypt.
Rohr says he has a list of at least 50 players that were under consideration and would be monitored by his assistants in the run up to Egypt 2019.
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