The Biggest Boxing Fiesta in Africa, Gotv Boxing Night, made a return to the city of Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Easter Sunday, April 21, for the 18th edition.
Ridwan ‘Scorpion’ Oyekola, who emerged best boxer at the 15th edition of the event also held at the indoor sports hall of the Obafemi Awolowo (former Liberty) stadium in July 2018, showed again why he is loved in the city.
Oyekola knocked out his opponent and defending champion Taofeek ‘Taozon’ Bisuga in the National Super Featherweight challenge with 45 seconds left on the clock in the first round of their 12 round bout.
The victory sees him emerge the new National Super Featherweight Champion.
In the National Lightweight Challenge, Jamiu Akande Sunshine, emerged winner with 26 seconds left on the clock in the third round, as he knocked out his opponent Morufu Owolabi Oloke.
Aside Ridwan Oyekola, another boxer who produced a first round knockout in his bout is Isaac ‘I Star’ Chukwudi. Fighting in the National Welterweight Challenge, Chukwudi left Jubril ‘Terrible’ Lukman gasping for air with 59 seconds left on the clock in a first round knock out.
One of fans' favourites Opeyemi ‘Sense’ Adeyemi maintained his unbeaten run in the competition as he fought his way to a draw against Sadiq ‘Happy Boy’ Adeleke in the National Bantamweight Challenge.
Best boxer at the 16th edition of the GOtv Boxing Night, Taiwo 'Esepo' Agbaje, produced another first round knockout, as he beat Michael ‘Holy Mike’ Jacob, to emerge winner by technical knockout with 32 seconds left on the clock in the National Lightweight Challenge.
Making a return to the ring after a one-year break, Rilwan ‘Babyface’ Babatunde beat Ganiyu ‘Energy’ Kolawole by unanimous decision in the National Welterweight Challenge.
In the first international title bout of the night, fans' favourite Akeem Sadiku Dodo, almost suffered a shock loss to his Benin Republic opponent Expresso Djamihou Rambo in their Light middleweight challenge.
Expresso Djamihou fought well but threw in the towel in the fourth round of their eight round bout to the disbelieve of fans at the stadium. However, Legit.ng gathered that he had picked up an injury on his lower abdomen in the third round which forced him to throw in the towel.
Akeem Sadiku Dodo therefore retained his Lightweight Middleweight belt with a technical knock out win in the fourth round.
However, it was Oto Joseph Joe Boy who stole the show in the second international title bout as he knocked out Success “Brave Warrior” Tetteh of Ghana with 32 seconds left on the clock in round two of their African Boxing Union Lightweight challenge.
The victory sees Joseph retain his African Boxing Union Lightweight belt but there was drama just after he was handed his belt as Rilwan ‘Real One’ Oladosu, winner of the 17th edition, walked into the ring to challenge Joseph for his belt.
The result of both boxers in same ring almost forced an outbreak of fisticuffs, however, security and the Nigerian boxing Board of Control stepped in to avoid any ugly scene.
However, the best boxer of the night who would have gone home with cash prize of N1 million alongside the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial trophy, could not be announced by the organizers as a result of wild jubilation that erupted just after the final bout.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Rilwan ‘Real One’ Oladosu picked up a whooping cash prize of N3 million alongside the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial trophy after emerging the best boxer at the 17th edition of the GOtv Boxing Night on Friday, December 28.
On a night where fans were entertained with music and boxing, Oladosu put up a stunning show as he knocked out his opponent Hamzat in the first round to retain his National Lightweight belt.
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