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Sports News of Saturday, 28 November 2020


Nigerian boxing sensation Babatunde knocks out opponent in 2nd round to win N1m

Babatunde knocked out Jubril Olalekan after just two rounds in their eight-round bout Babatunde knocked out Jubril Olalekan after just two rounds in their eight-round bout

Rilwan 'Babyface' Babatunde on Friday, November 27, emerged the best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 21 held at Rowe Park Sports Centre in Lagos.

The West African Boxing Union welterweight champion went home with the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy and a cash prize of N1million for his efforts.

Babatunde knocked out Jubril “Terrible” Olalekan in the second round of their eight-round national welterweight challenge contest to emerge victorious in an event covered by

In the bantamweight division, Habeeb “Ige” Oladeji won the national bantamweight title, after defeating Tunde “Turning Star” Olojede by a split decision in an explosive 10-round fight.

Both boxers fought their way to the 10th round but Oladeji did just enough to go home with the belt.

The lightweight rematch between Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu and Prince “Lion” Nwoye ended in victory for Oladosu, the WABU champion. Oladosu, who dominated the bout all through, won by unanimous decision.

The much anticipated ring return of Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi saw the former African Boxing Union (ABU) light welterweight champion given a fairly tough time Dennis “The Range” Mbat.

Fijabi, however, showed he still carries plenty of menace when he stopped the courageous Mbat in the fourth round.

There was also a knockout victory for lesser experienced Segun “Success” Olanrewaju who knocked out his more experienced opponent Cosmos “Awosika” David, in the second round.

In other bouts, Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan stopped Kazeem “Delight” Oliwo, via a technical knockout in the super featherweight division, while Alaba Elybow” Omotola enhanced his reputation by seeing off Lateef “Akin Jnr” Akinola in the same fashion.

Saturday's event which was the first edition of GOtv Boxing Night without fans was staged behind closed doors because of COVID-19 protocols.

Earlier, reported that Floyd Mayweather can continue to brag with his unbeaten record as the boxing champion from Thailand who held record 54-0 has lost for the first time.

It was gathered that the strawweight which is the smallest weight category in boxing was returned in June and Wanheng had dominated the class.

Legendary Mayweather retired from professional boxing with an astonishing 50-0 record in 2017.

Back in 1955, Rocky retired with a 49-0 records and it took another 62 years before another champion was able to smash the record.

It hasn’t taken long for someone to top Floyd as Wanheng made it to 51-0 back in August 2018.

The 105lbs (7st 7lbs) champion progressed to 54-0 last October, but now, aged 35, he’s been beaten for the first time.