Riddick Bowe set for WBU title fight in Lagos

Posted on Mar 15 2018 - 10:44pm by admin

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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