Nigeria’s Rilwan ‘Baby Face’ Babatunde has promised to bounce back stronger following his first professional defeat to Ukrainian top boxer, Dymtro Mytrofanov, in the keenly contested WBO Oriental Super Welterweight title fight, which held on Saturday night in Kiev, Ukraine.
The Nigerian boxer, who lasted the 10 rounds of the fight, lost via a unanimous decision.
Speaking after the fight, Baby Face said that losing the fight to the Ukrainian was painful as he had hoped that he would return to Nigeria with the belt, but that losing was not going to be the end of his boxing career.
‘It is painful losing the fight, especially considering that this is my first international fight outside Nigeria. I gave my best but the Ukrainian boxer is also a very good boxer.
‘I don’t see this as the end of the road. In fact, I think it will make me double up and work harder to be able to push my boxing career further,’ he said.
In a brief chat with Dymtro, Babyface’s opponent, after the fierce encounter, he praised the WBF intercontinental champion for his strength and intelligence on the ring, urging him to keep on giving his best at all times.
Scores of boxing fans who thronged the venue of the show also saluted the African boxer, praising him for putting up a good show.
See below pictures and a video from the bout in Ukraine: