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Boxing News of Tuesday, 19 January 2021


Ex-Oyo boxing boss Opaleye dies in Ibadan

Akintunde Opaleye, the former Chairman of the Oyo State Amateur Boxing Association is dead.

Affectionately called Baron, Mr. Opaleye reportedly died after battling an unknown ailment. He died in the hospital while receiving treatment in University College Hospital, Ibadan.

His death was confirmed Sunday, January 17 by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Oyo State chapter in a statement jointly signed by the association’s chairman, Niyi Alebiosu, and secretary, Adewale Tijani.

The statement read in part, “The Oyo Sports Writers Association expresses deep sadness at the demise of a boxing promoter, Baron Akintunde Opaleye.

“Baron Akintunde Opaleye, who was a former state chairman of the National Amateur Boxing Association, gave up the ghost on Sunday morning at the University College Hospital Ibadan, where he had been receiving treatment for an ailment.

“The death of Baron Opaleye has robbed sports writers in Oyo State of a big brother, reliable friend and great supporter.”

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