BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN
As the countdown to the Saturday, April 28th, 2018, date of the International Boxing Championship Light weight world title fight between Edo State born Alex Rudd Ekhorowa and Egyptian born Ahmed Moustafa commences the pugilists have been talking tough.
In an exclusive chat with The Post Alex vowed that nothing will stand in his way to victory on the historic night.
“I am as fit as a fiddle for this all important world title fight sanctioned by the Global Boxing Federation(GBF) and the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C).
“There’s no way I will let my guards down against Ahmed especially with the kind of support that the Edo State Government under the leadership of Governor Godwin Obaseki is giving me coupled with my desire to boost the morale of Nigerians in general and Edo people in particular.
“That’s why if you look at the programme for the night a lot of the boxers participating in the supporting bout are of Edo State extraction.
“We want to use the championship to send forth a strong message that the state is the original home of boxing in Nigeria and that Governor Obaseki is turning the fortunes of sports, especially professional boxing, around in the state. “
Asked to predict the likely outcome of the fight, Alex stressed that in as much as he won’t want to sound boastful he would advice his opponent to be prepared to settle for defeat “as I will no doubt teach him some boxing lessons. He would not escape defeat as I cannot let Nigerians down.
“That’s not to say that I am underrating him. I know that he is preparing just the way that I am but a shocker awaits him. “
On the effect of the postponment of the fight from Saturday, March 24th to the new date on his training schedule, Alex stated that the change in date is a positive development as it would accord him the opportunity to spice up his strategy for the night.
He disclosed that he has being training with a horde of sparring partners within and outside the country.
“I train with a horde of sparring partners some are in Nigeria while some others are outside the country. I don’t need to concentrate on sparring with just one partner. I don’t like restricting myself by so doing,” he stressed.
Sources close to his training camp disclosed that at the last count he has ten sparring partners to boost his punching power, footwork and balance.
Meanwhile, some of the Edo born boxers billed to take part in the supporting bouts have promised to keep the flag flying.
Charles Edokpayi, who is to slug it out with Abbas Johnson, a Beninoise, in the Heavyweight category, has vowed to send his opponent back to his country with empty hands.
Not minding that it is going to be his first fight as a professional, Edokpayi said he will not let his opponent to destroy his dream of using his victory to honour Governor Obaseki and the Benin Monarch, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare11 N’Ogidigan.
“I am training intensively to ensure that I do not derail in my plans to give honour to whom honour is due – Governor Obaseki and Oba Ewuare11. Johnson cannot stop me from actualising this dream. “
Also speaking, Stevenson Ugbogbo, who is facing Anselmo Santos, another Beninoise in the cruiserweight category promised to make it a memorable night for boxing fans.
The show billed for the prestigious Randekhi Hotel, Benin, would be spiced up with stand-up comedy, music and drama sketches.