GOtv Box­ing Night 17 Scor­pion Vows to Re­tire Nu­rudeen

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Golf­ing ac­tions at the Philip Shaibu Birth­day In­vi­ta­tional Golf Tour­na­ment hold­ing at the fa­mous Benin Club Golf Sec­tion (BCGS), GRA, Benin City, Edo State cap­i­tal will come to an end to­day.

The golf tour­ney which teed-off on Fri­day with over one hun­dred golfers in at­ten­dance has fea­tured ladies cat­e­gory, vet­eran and su­per vet­eran in both men and ladies cat­e­gory.

How­ever, in to­day’s event, all BCGS men’s, and in­vited guest golfers will storm the course while the pre­sen­ta­tion of prizes and birth­day party will hold af­ter the game. Also, the thanks­giv­ing ser­vice is slated to hold at St. Paul Catholic Church, Air­port Road, Benin City, on Sun­day morn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the sec­re­tary, or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, Engr. Ben Oghumah, he noted that the two days tour­na­ment or­gan­ised by Com­mit­tee of Friends of the Edo State deputy gover­nor in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the club has fea­tured top golfers in­clud­ing the state gover­nor, God­win Obaseki, and his deputy as well as other guest golfers re­spec­tively.

He added that valu­able prizes and tro­phies will be pre­sented to win­ners who dis­tin­guished them­selves in var­i­ous cat­e­gories later in the day.

“The club is ad­e­quately pre­pared for the tour­na­ment, as mem­bers from Ikoyi Club and other clubs across the coun­try are tak­ing part at the in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment. Valu­able prizes and tro­phies have been out­lined for win­ners who ex­cel in var­i­ous cat­e­gories.

“Golfers from Ikoyi Club, Ikeja Club, Ibori Golf and Coun­try Club, As­aba; Shell Club, Ogunnu, Warri; UBTH Golf Club, Benin City; Port-Har­court Golf Club, Air As­sault Golf Club, Port-Har­court; Ibadan Golf Club; and IBB Golf and Coun­try Club, Kaduna Club, FCT, among oth­ers are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event.

Rid­wan “Scor­pion” Oyekola, best boxer at GOtv Box­ing Night 15 has de­clared that he will send Nu­rudeen “Prince” Fatai, for­mer na­tional light­weight cham­pion into re­tire­ment. The two box­ers are billed to clash in a na­tional light­weight chal­lenge bout at GOtv Box­ing Night 17 hold­ing on De­cem­ber 28, at the Tafawa Balewa Square, La­gos.

The eight-fight show tagged ‘Box­ing Jams Mu­sic’, will fea­ture live mu­sic per­for­mances by Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Teni Da En­ter­tainer and Daddy Showkey.

In an in­ter­view yesterday, Scor­pion, a prod­uct of GOtv Box­ing Nex­tGen Search, said his op­po­nent was past his prime and is due for re­tire­ment, a duty he has im­posed on him­self to carry out.

“He is a for­mer na­tional cham­pion. His time is gone, but he does not want to ad­mit it. I have taken it upon my­self to send him into a fit­ting re­tire­ment by de­feat­ing him. He will lose in­ter­est in box­ing by the time I fin­ish with him. He will see hell,” he said.

GOtv Box­ing Night 17, the big­gest ever edi­tion of the show, will stage the World Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal su­per feather­weight ti­tle fight be­tween Nige­ria’s Seun Wa­hab and Tan­za­nia’s Issa Nam­pepeche. The show will also see US-based Nige­rian, Oluwafemi Oyel­eye take on Me­shack “Smart Boy” Mwankemwa of Tan­za­nia in an in­ter­na­tional light mid­dleweight chal­lenge clash.

Sim­i­larly sched­uled to be in ac­tion is a clutch of big names on the do­mes­tic scene, led by Olaide Fi­jabi, who will take on Yusuf Mufu­tau in a na­tional light wel­ter­weight chal­lenge. In the same cat­e­gory is reign­ing African Box­ing Union (ABU) light­weight cham­pion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, who fights Hammed Hammed Ganiyu; na­tional light­weight cham­pion, Ril­wan Ola­dosu who takes on Mubarak Hamzat.

The show will equally see some of the bright­est young tal­ents take to the ring. Ebubechukwu Eze, a grad­u­ate of GOtv Box­ing Nex­tGen Search 1, will take on Femi Ak­in­tayo in a mid­dleweight clash, while the ban­tamweight divi­sion will see Opeyemi Adeyemi, best boxer at GOtv Box­ing Night 4, up against Jamiu Dada.

The best boxer at the event which will be aired live on Su­perS­port to view­ers in 47 African coun­tries, will go home with a cash prize of N1.5 mil­lion at­tached to the Mo­jisola Ogun­sanya Me­mo­rial Tro­phy.

Premier League side Chelsea are set to make a con­tract de­ci­sion on Eng­land youth in­ter­na­tional Jor­dan Aina in the com­ing days.

The full­back penned a schol­ar­ship deal with The Blues on July 1, 2018 and clocks sev­en­teen on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 10.

The Blues higher-ups will have to de­cide whether he re­mains on the schol­ar­ship or of­fer him a pro­fes­sional con­tract, just as they did for mid­fielder Faustino An­jorin, who signed his first pro deal with the club two weeks ago.

The English Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion states on their web­site : ‘’On or af­ter a player on schol­ar­ship’s 17th birth­day, the player may re­main on a schol­ar­ship or may sign as a player un­der writ­ten con­tract sub­ject to the reg­u­la­tions of the league or com­bi­na­tion of which the club is a mem­ber, and to the rules with ref­er­ence to play­ers un­der writ­ten con­tract’’. Jor­dan, who is the younger brother of Su­per Ea­gles de­fender Ola Aina, joined Chelsea at U9 level af­ter pro­gress­ing through their de­vel­op­ment cen­tre pro­gramme.

He has ap­peared five times for Chelsea U18s in all com­pe­ti­tions in the cur­rent sea­son, of which three were in the U18 Premier League.

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