Rafiu Ladipo, the President of Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), has announced that there is need for more promoters to contribute to the boxing sport’s development in Nigeria.
He however expressed satisfaction over the attention the boxing sport is getting in recent times.
Ladipo said the upcoming boxing reality show, “Rumble in the Box’’, was an example of latest positive developments in the sport in Nigeria.
“It is good. `Rumble in the Box’ which is set to come up in January will put boxing in Nigeria on another level.
“I must commend the person who brought up the idea, Mansa Musa Promotions, for the initiative to develop the youths through their hard-earned funds.
“This is what we want for boxing as we have continued to keep our doors open to promoters and sponsors of boxing,’’ he said.
According to Ajibade Olajoku, the Chief Executive Officer of Mansa Musa Promotions,who spoke with newsmen, said the boxing reality show would have 24 male boxers and 16 female boxers competing.
He said that the aim is to add value to boxing in Nigeria and through television, make international boxing stars.
He said the best female and male boxers going by the highest number of votes would get the opportunity to fight in the world championship belts.
“We are happy to tell the world what we want to do at Mansa Musa Boxing Productions and which is to get highly skilled boxers to fight in the lightweight category in a reality show.
“The boxing reality show will have 24 male boxers and 16 female boxers in one location and also moving together competing and training together.
“The show would also go through elimination series where the viewers would get to decide the fate of every boxer until we get the best boxer that is fit to compete internationally,’’ Olajoku added.
He also said that the show would have a multi-talented world-class coach, the U.S.-based Demarcus Corley, to guide the youths on how to go about their training.
“Corley, nicknamed `Chop Chop’ and was a world-class professional with 84 fights and 50 wins, would be on ground as a guide for the boxers.