BOXING: 19-Year-Old Bantamweight Fighter Wins N1m Best Boxer Prize

Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi was voted the best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 18, which held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan on Sunday. The winner is awarded the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy to which a cash prize of N1million is attached.

The 19-year old super bantamweight boxer, despite drawing his national challenge bout with Sadiq “Happy Boy” Adeleke, recorded the highest number of votes in the poll carried out by journalists at the event.

According to the show organisers, Flykite Productions, the customary announcement and presentation of the cash prize to the winner was eschewed for security reasons.

“Policemen and officials of the private security firm at the event advised against announcing the best boxer immediately after the show because they considered it less than safe to do so. Opeyemi will be presented with his cheque at our Lagos office,” the statement said.

This latest accolade for the teenage boxer comes a year after he also emerged the best boxer at last year’s GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 4 in Abeokuta. He had earlier caught the eyes of boxing coaches at the GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 3 in 2017 in Ibadan, where he was deemed a year too young to turn professional, despite excelling during the sparring sessions for young boxers.