Former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe and ex-WBO heavyweight champion Ray Mercer are expected to lead boxers from Europe and America to watch the WBU Super Middleweight title fight between Australia- based Nigerian boxer King Davidson and his Ghanaian opponent Daniel Sowa at Eko Hotel in Lagos on April 7.
Monarch Events Promotions is promoting the event tagged World Best Boxing Festival.
Other boxers are Chop Chop Corley (USA), Jesus Ortega (Mexico), Aaron Coley (USA), Paul Venezuela (Mexico), Patrick Lopez (Venezuela), Eugen Buchmueller (Germany) and Nigeria’s Sule Olagbade who will all be fighting on the cards of the promoters.
Monarch Events Promotions CEO Stanley Williams said he chose to promote the fights in Nigeria to help revive professional boxing in the country.
The UK-based Nigerian said some Nigerian boxing legends including Samuel Peter, Bash Ali and Joe Lasisi would be honoured while the late Dick ‘Tiger’ Ihetu and Hogan Bassey would get posthumous awards in recognition of their contributions to the development of boxing in Nigeria.
He said, “We’re hosting the title fight in Nigeria because the country is the Mecca of boxing on the continent and we want to showcase some of the great boxers to the fans, which will help in re-positioning professional boxing in the country. It is because of this that we are bringing in some boxing legends such as former undisputed heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe and former WBO heavyweight champion Ray Mercer to the country.”
Nigeria Boxing Board of Control president Rafiu Ladipo commended the company for the development.
He said, “I’m very happy with the decision of the promoter to stage the fight in the country. Although he is based in London, he did not allow people convince him to stage the fight in Mexico, Las Vegas or Europe but chose to return to his roots which is worthy of emulation.
“What we are witnessing today is part of my campaign promise that I will attract promoters to the country and already we have some fights lined up and very soon, we shall be having professional fights on regular basis.”
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