The scheduled international boxing bout between Nigeria’s Alex “Rudd’ Ekhoruwa and Theodore Lokossou of Burkina-Faso earlier billed to hold on Saturday, November 9, 2013, has been postponed to Friday, November 22, 2013.
OBSERVERSports gathered that the postponement which was based on the advice by the Hon. General- Secretary of the Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), Mr. Remi Aboderin during his two-day official visit to Edo State last week, is to enable the promoters put finishing touches to all the requirements for a successful bout.
One of the major challenges faced by the promoters, it was further gathered, is the near lack of sponsors.
Sources close to the promoters told OBSERVERSports that the Edo-born pugilist, Alex Ekhoruwa is making frantic efforts to get the support of the Edo State government and other segments of the society.
OBSERVERSports learnt that apart from the Benin monarch, His Royal Majesty, Oba Erediauwa who has given his royal blessings, no other person or organization has responded to the appeal for financial support and sponsorship of the proposed international boxing challenge which is a prelude to world title fight being anticipated to also hold in Benin City later this year.
Apart from the main bout, three other fights are also on the bill. In one of the fights, Abolaji Rasheed will trade punches with Olalekan Sunday in a National Light Middleweight contest which is expected to go eight rounds while Kemi Adebayo will fight it out with Taiwo Thony in an all-female sensational bout billed for four rounds.