A former boxing champion now EDSOPADEC Commissioner, Mr. Wellington Okoh has called on Edo state sports-loving people to come all out to support Alex ‘Rudd’ Ekhorowa as he (Alex) prepares to trade punches with Burkina Faso’s Lokossou in an IBO, NBBofC sanctioned international bout.
The EDSOPADEC chief who is one of Edo boxing greats who represented former Bendel State and the country at different levels in the combat sport in the 80s expressed confidence in Alex Ekhorowa, urging Edo people, especially the youths to come and cheer up their brother at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, Benin City.
The former champion who earlier expressed worry over the level of decline of boxing and general sports enthusiasm in Edo state, hopes that this international boxing bout scheduled for November 22, in Benin city would be a turning point for the sport in Edo state. “This kind of international fight could be an exposure for our youths”, he said.
He urged Ekhorowa to be focused irrespective of who this opponent is so that he can win the fight they said will lead to a world title bout in two months time to come.
“I am happy to be around to witness such an international boxing bout taking place in my state especially for the fact that boxing is my game. I started boxing at the age of twelve, even when I left for USA I still continued doing it, training young ones over there”, Mr Okoh said.
“So I like to motivate youth to embrace sports because they have a lot to benefit and that is why I am trying to do my best to support Alex because other Edo youths will benefit”, Mr. Okoh Emphasized.
Meanwhile, tickets for the November 22, fight are already on sale at the Cultural Centre