A boxing enthusiast, Abdul Wahab Adekunle, has rewarded the winner of World Boxing Federations (WBF) Super Featherweight world belt, Ridwan ‘Scorpion’ Oyekola with a jaguar car saying it’s a fulfillment of a promise he made to the boxer.
The donor, while presenting the more than 6 million naira worth car, said he could have given the boxing champ something more precious than a jaguar car if he could afford it, as nothing is too much to appreciate the wonderful feat he had achieved for Nigeria.
“Sports has become a big time money spinning venture globally, all over the world we can see the financial landmark all of them are bringing from Africa to Europe, but it seems we’re yet to come to terms with this fact, but I believe we can easily get there if we keep encouraging them this way and hope they will keep getting better.
“I want to use this medium to advise the federal government to identify with sports as another income earner. It is unthinkable that the United Kingdom post the whooping one billion pounds as foreign exchange income from football alone, we can imagine if we develop and encourage our sports men and women by building facilities to enhance their preparation and see what we will get in return”, the founder and CEO of Hamex Group explained.
The President of Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBBofC) Dr. Rafiu Ladipo who witnessed the presentation thanked the donor. He said the donor also supported the organization of the boxing event held at Ilaji Sports Resort with 10 million naira in terms of logistics. He then prayed for more blessings for Mr. Abdul for his spirited gesture towards the development of boxing in Nigeria.
“Boxing can only get better if we see spirited people like the CEO of Hamex and Engr. Sanusi of Ilaji Resort coming into this game, definitely this gesture will go a long way to motivate our other boxers that there is hope in the home front (Nigeria) and not until they travel abroad before they can make headway in sports”, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo noted.
The presentation which was done in Ibadan on Saturday 2nd of January 2021 at the premises of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) was witnessed by the Secretary of NBBofC Remi Aboderin, Chairman Oyo State NBBofC Hon Gbenga Opaleye, the CEO of Core Afrique Promotions and promoter of the fight Olusola Ayodele, Edna and Faith Ayegbeni, both daughters of late Ibadan based boxing promoter Francis Ayegbeni.