Organisers of the GOtv Boxing NextGen Search have warned boxers participating in the event to stay away if they are more than 28 years old, as only boxers of that age and below can be relied upon to take the sport to greater heights in the nation.
The boxing classic, which has been slated to hold between February 17 and 18 February, will hold at the LBHF Gym, Olatilewa Street, Off Lawanson Road, Surulere, Lagos.
The general secretary of the Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBBofC), Remi Aboderin, under whose auspices the event is being organised, explained that the aim of the sponsors, GOtv, is to revive the sport by raising a new generation of boxers, who will take over from the current crop.
“The sponsors are minded to deliver a conveyor belt that will regularly feed the sport with a stream of young and skilled boxers.
“Ideally, the age-limit should be lower, but we have put it higher because of the long period of decline the sport has experienced, which, in turn, robbed many talents of the chance of hitting the big time in their prime. Boxers within that age can do some things before age catches up with them,” he said.
The GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, organised in partnership with the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame (LBHF).
It will feature sparring sessions by boxers, who will be assessed by accomplished boxing coaches.
Selected boxers will be privileged to attend a sport and medical seminar and enjoy free medical examination on February 19. Also, they will also have their boxing licences paid for by the sponsors.
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