GOtv Boxing Night holds Nov 27 without spectators

Africa’s top boxing show, GOtv Boxing Night will, on 27 November, make a return at the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Lagos.

This was announced in Lagos on Wednesday by Flykite Productions, organisers of the show. They stated categorically that the show would be held behind closed doors in compliance with the Covid-19 protocols. The organisers, however, added that the seven-bout show will be transmitted live across Africa on SuperSport.

Scheduled to fight on the day are some of the biggest names in Nigerian boxing. They include former African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight champion, Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi; West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu; WABU welterweight champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde; national featherweight champion, Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola and Taiwo “Esepo Agbaje.

The 21st edition of the show had been billed to hold on 12 April but was postponed indefinitely because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jenkins Alumona, Chief Executive Officer, Flykite Productions, expressed delight at the lifting of restrictions on contact sports but stated that every measure necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19 will be taken.

“We’re happy that the Coronavirus-induced restrictions on sporting activities, especially on contact sports, have been lifted. But we’re aware that the virus is still raging, the reason we’re holding this edition behind closed doors. The event will be live on SuperSport in 50 African countries and fans can be assured of seeing the best of Nigerian boxing,” said Alumona.