GOtv Boxing Night Re­turns with N20m Prize Monies


Africa’s pre­mier pro­fes­sional boxing show, GOtv Boxing Night, is set to re­turn in a much big­ger way, with par­tic­i­pat­ing box­ers billed to earn up to N20mil­lion in prize monies.

The 11th edi­tion of the show held in Ibadan on March 26, de­liv­er­ing the big­gest ever pay day in the coun­try’s boxing history when Ril­wan “Baby Face” Ba­batunde won the Mo­jisola Ogun­sanya Memo­rial Tro­phy and a cash prize of N2mil­lion for the best boxer, a shade higher than N1.5mil­lion and N1mil­lion won by pre­vi­ous win­ners of the award.

GOtv Boxing Night 12 is ten­ta­tively slated to hold Septem­ber in Lagos, while the 13th edi­tion is billed for 26 De­cem­ber.

The event or­gan­is­ers, Flykite Sports, dis­closed that Mr. Adewunmi Ogun­sanya (SAN), Chair­man, GOtv Boxing Night, has given them a man­date to speed up the event’s progress by en­sur­ing that African and Com­mon­wealth ti­tle fights are staged this year, while a world ti­tle fight will hold at the event next year.

“Our Chair­man, Adewunmi Ogun­sanya is pas­sion­ate about the devel­op­ment of the sport and the per­sonal growth of the box­ers. He wants a sit­u­a­tion where our top box­ers can buy cars and homes from their purses,” a state­ment from the or­gan­is­ers said.

To­wards the re­al­i­sa­tion of the man­date, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Flykite Sports, Mr. Jenk­ins Alu­mona, trav­elled abroad last week to seal agree­ments with top-tier in­ter­na­tional box­ers in line with the di­rec­tion GOtv Boxing Night is mov­ing.

The de­tails of Gotv Boxing Night 12 will be un­veiled at a press con­fer­ence in Au­gust, the or­gan­is­ers said.

The event is spon­sored by GOtv, and sup­ported by Mul­tiChoice, Su­per­Sport, Parag­o­nis Mul­ti­me­dia Lim­ited, KSquare Se­cu­rity, News­, Bond FM, Brila FM, and Com­plete Sports and is broad­cast live in 47 African coun­tries.

Since de­but­ing three years, GOtv Boxing Night has rekin­dled pub­lic pas­sion for boxing, with each edi­tion held be­fore a ca­pac­ity crowd. Equally im­por­tantly, it has re­vamped the sport through bet­ter or­ga­ni­za­tion and fi­nanc­ing.

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