Boxing in Nigeria is set to receive a huge boost following the completion of an international standard boxing facility, the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial/GOtv Boxing Gym, which is set to be opened soon.
Located in Lagos, the boxing gym is the brainchild of Adewunmi Ogunsanya, Chairman, MultiChoice Nigeria and GOtv Boxing.
The gym, funded by Ogunsanya, is conceived as a pre-bout preparation facility for local and international boxers fighting in Nigeria, as well as an academy for nurturing young and promising boxers to stardom.
The facility, which has a hostel to accommodate 30 boxers at a time and located in an expansive compound, is fitted with modern training equipment such as a standard ring, thread mills, punching and speed bags, double-end bags, wrecking ball snatchers, sparring mitts, focus mitts and bar bells among others.
The gym will also provide boxers with gears such as hand wraps, gum shields and mitt gloves. The boxers will be supervised by some of the most accomplished boxing coaches in the country
“We are happy about the progress Nigerian boxing has made since the intervention through GOtv Boxing Night began in 2014,” Ogunsanya said.
“We believe that this gym will go a long way in addressing that challenge and help to bring our boxers to par with their colleagues abroad.”
Jenkins Alumona, CEO, Flykite Productions, organisers of GOtv Boxing Night, commended Ogunsanya for his commitment to the growth of Nigerian boxing.