The next generation of professional Nigerian boxing stars is set to be unveiled at the GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, an event billed to hold between 17 and 19 February at the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gymnasium on Olatilewa Street, Surulere, Lagos. The GOtv Boxing NextGen Search is open to professional as well as amateur boxers wishing to turn pro.
According to Jenkins Alumona, CEO of Flykite Sports, promoters of GOtv Boxing Night, GOtv NextGen Search was conceived to give hidden boxing talents an opportunity to demonstrate their prowess as a route to getting selected for big fight events, particularly, GOtv Boxing Night, the biggest ever boxing event in Nigeria.
“We are calling on professional boxers as well as amateurs ready to turn professional from every part of the country to come and show what they can do.
“GOtv Boxing NextGen Search is part of the ongoing plan to revive boxing by widening the access to GOtv Boxing Night, which is broadcast in 47 African countries by SuperSport.
“It is a launch pad to development and sporting stardom for boxers with ability,” explained Alumona.
The event, which will feature five distinguished boxing coaches as judges, will open on 17 February with the unveiling of the partnership between GOtv Boxing Night and the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame. The same day, sparring sessions by boxers registered for the event will begin and continue the next day under the watchful eyes of accomplished coaches, who will select the brightest talents.
The final day will be devoted to free medical examination for boxers who make the grade. Selected boxers will also have the opportunity of attending a sports /medical seminar to be addressed by famous sports personalities and doctors on how boxers can take care of themselves and grow in the sport.
Each boxer who makes the cut will have his boxing licence paid for by the sponsors, GOtv.