Leading Nigerian boxing promoter, Jenkins Alumona has assured fans that more fights will be organised in coming months following the success of the boxing nextgen search.
Speaking in Lagos on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, Alumona said it has become necessary to have more boxing fights for every promotion as the GOtv Boxing NextGen Search has produced over 20 fresh boxers in the last 24 months.
The chief organiser of GOtv Boxing Night, further said it has become necessary to increase the number of the fights from six to eight because there is a need to give more boxers opportunities to participate.
Buttressing his assurance, Alumona revealed that the October edition of GOtv Boxing Night will feature more fights on October 2, 2016 than previous editions at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.
“Boxers are emerging and need a platform to express themselves. We have just concluded the second edition of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, which threw up 16 talented guys across weight divisions. These and some of those who emerged at GOtv Boxing NextGen 1 are on the queue waiting for opportunities. Increasing the number of fights will address this quicker than sticking to the customary six-fight format,” explained Alumona.
The former sports writer also promised that GOtv Boxing Night 9 will be a watershed, as it will feature a number of elite boxers from within and outside Nigeria.
“We are looking at having our boxers test themselves against the toughest opponents in other countries. It is no use for our boxers to be local kingpins if we want them to develop and get them prepared for tougher tasks ahead. Don’t forget that this is about developing the sport within our shores and part of that development is to have our boxers fully tested by very good boxers from other countries, so as to gauge their readiness for bigger bouts,” he added.
Alumona reiterated that boxers discovered at the GOtv NextGen Search, who had their professional licences paid for by the sponsors, can hope to make their professional debuts sooner than later.