In a bid to make GOtv Boxing Night bigger, Adewunmi Ogunsanya (SAN), the Chairman, GOtv Boxing Night and MultiChoice Nigeria, is set to splash N20 million on participating boxers.
This was announced in a statement by the event organisers, Flykite Sports.
GOtv Boxing Night, Africa’s premier boxing event, organisers disclosed will return with the 12th edition in September.
The 11th edition of the show held in Ibadan, Oyo State on March 26, 2017, 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 N2 million for the best boxer, a shade higher than N1.5 million and N1 million won by previous winners of the award.
The 13th edition is billed for December 26, 2017.
According to Flykite Sports, Ogunsanya has given a mandate for the acceleration of the event’s progress by ensuring that African and Commonwealth title fights are staged this year, while a world title fight is staged at the event next year.
“Our Chairman, Mr. 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,” said the organizers in the statement.
Towards the realization of the mandate, Jenkins Alumona, the Managing Director, Flykite Sports, travelled abroad last week to seal agreements with top-tier international boxers in line with the mandate given by Ogunsanya.
The organisers added that the details of GOtv Boxing Night 12 will be unveiled at a press conference in August.
The event is sponsored by GOtv and supported by MultiChoice, Supersport, Paragonis Multimedia Limited, KSquare Security, Newsbreak.ng, 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.
The two elements have delivered swanky Las Vegas-style events and better motivated boxers, who earn 10 times what they once earned and are insured for every fight.
The boxers, who have since become local superstars, have inspired fledgling professional boxers to take the sport more seriously.