Oyo Boxing Association boss excited, as GOtv takes NextGen Search 3 to Ibadan

Chairman of the Oyo State Boxing
Association, Mr. Lateef Opaleye Akintunde,
has commended the decision of GOtv,
sponsors of the GOtv Boxing NextGen
Search, to stage the third edition in Ibadan,
capital of Oyo State. The excise will hold
between November 16 and 18 at Walan
Hotel (formerly D’Rovans Hotel), Ibadan.
Speaking in Ibadan yesterday, Akintunde
said GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 3, a talent
hunt for young boxers seeking to turn
professional, is a platform for boxers in Oyo
State and others from across the country
quick access into the professional cadre.
He explained that the lack of opportunity
has hampered the development of many
talented boxers in the country.
“Young and talented boxers around here
and I’m sure in other parts of the country
have had their development stymied by the
lack of easy access into the professional
ranks. With the GOtv Boxing NextGen Search
coming to Ibadan, a big chance awaits
boxers to find their way into the paid
“We have many talented boxers in Oyo State
and they have been itching for an
opportunity such as this. It is why GOtv and
Flykite Promotions, the sponsors and
organisers respectively, deserve enormous
praise for the decision to stage the talent
hunt in Ibadan,” he said.
Akintunde called on young boxers to pick
up registration forms for the talent hunt at
the Lekan Salami Stadium and Walan Hotel,
Ring Road Ibadan and the Nigerian Boxing
Board of Control Secretariat, National
Stadium, Lagos. Intending participants can
also register through phone calls to
designated numbers.
GOtv Boxing NextGen Search debuted in
February 2016. Participating boxers will
take part in sparring sessions under the
watchful eyes of top-tier boxing coaches
such as Joe Mensah and Obisia Nwakpa,
who will select the best among them.
The first two editions of the programme
held in Lagos, attracting over 200 boxers.
Many of those selected have fought
professionally at various editions of GOtv
Boxing Night. Rilwan “Baby Face”
Babatunde, a graduate of GOtv Boxing
NextGen 1, won the best boxer award at
GOtv Boxing Night 11 and a cash prize of
N2 million.
Others who have fought professionally
include Matthew Obinna, Oamudiamen
“Shiso” Goodluck and Chukwuebuka “Wise
King” Ezewudo.
Accommodation will be provided free of
charge for boxers outside Ibadan and
environs, who get selected by the coaches.
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