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Nigerians are born boxers, says sport association chairman

The chairman said more grassroots talent discoveries would be a boost towards restoring Nigeria’s glory in boxing.

• August 31, 2021

Chairman of the Enugu State Boxing Association, Ebere Amaraizu, has said that boxing, as a combat sport, suits the natural physique of most Nigerian athletes.

He noted that apart from football and basketball, Nigeria and Nigerians have invested more in boxing over the years, an investment that has produced world players.

Mr Amaraizu decried the non-participation of Nigeria in boxing at the just concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games despite the country’s pedigree in the sport.

“Nigeria and Nigerians have performed creditably well and produced world champions at various times in history,” he said.

He, therefore, said more grassroots talent discoveries would be a boost towards restoring Nigeria’s glory in boxing at future continental and international events.

Meanwhile, the association in partnership with the Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV), would hold a POCACOV Neighbourhood Boxing Tournament.

“The boxing tournament is a deliberate and predetermined platform of enlistment of interest, passion and exposure of many boxing talents from neighbourhoods in Enugu State.

“Post-primary schools are also inclusive, and that is why we have invited school children to come and have the feel of the practical aspect of boxing,” he said.

Mr Amaraizu said that the tournament would hold in the first week of October at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.

He added that the tournament was aimed at creating a wider network of “catch-them-young.”

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