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5 Nov 2017

Obisia To Dalung: Enough Of Joshua's Merriment, Face Local Boxers

Former world boxing light and welterweight contender, Obisia Nwankpa has decried the state of boxing in the Nigeria. He said Nigeria will continue to stumble in international competitions, unless urgent steps are taken to redress the state of the sport.
The former African and Commonwealth champion also criticised the country's delegation, headed by the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung to watch Joshua beat his opponent in Scotland. He said “Dalung and others should forget about Anthony Joshua, he is well taken care of by Britain.

Our boxers back home are hungry! “Our sports officials should come home and see the state of our boxing. It is as good as dead and we need to get it back to the way it was. “In the past we used to have about five national competitions with the Eagle belt championship as the finale.

But there is nothing like that anymore. “Look at the boxing gym and ring we are training on, it is all in tatters, the money they used to travel to cheer Joshua will go a long way in fixing it.”

Obisia argued that Nigeria will fail to make any impact at the fort coming Commonwealth Games in Australia since the country was not preparing adequately even as they are relying on aging boxers.

“We are not preparing for the Commonwealth Games.

To make matters worse the boxers we have in camp are too old. How can you take a 37 year old boxer to meet well prepared opponents from other countries, we are doomed to fail.

“We have just another three years to the Olympics in 2020 where we only have four boys and four girls for each country.

“There is nothing on ground to suggest that we are grooming boxers to vie for the qualifications.

We need to start something now if we are to get our bearings right for the Games,” Obisia stated.

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