On a night filled with Technical Knockouts (TKOs), Lagos based youngster and fast growing pugilist Rilwan “Babyface’’ Babatunde emerged the Most Valuable Boxer of the GOtv Boxing Night 11, held at the Obafemi Awolowo stadium, Ibadan on Sunday, March 26.
The sensational boxer won the N2m prize money after he defeated Waliu ‘Oganla’ Arogundade in the fourth round to win the national light welterweight contest in a total of 10 minutes. Babyface pummeled his opponent heavily and floored him twice before the officials had to stop the bout.
ThisTrend can also report that Ibadan rave of the moment Akeem Sadiku, popularly called “Dodo’’ also knocked out Saka “KC Confidence’’ Kazeem in the first round in the light middleweight contest.
In the national light welterweight bout, Vincent Essien was no match for Ibadan born Olaide Fijabi known as “Fijaborn’’ who is well known in Lagos.
Although their encounter was developing into a tough one when Essien showed some flashes, but Fijabi rounded it off in the third round with a deft punch to send Essien to the canvass – and that was how it ended.
The major upset of the night was observed in the national light heavyweight challenge between Kabiru “KB Godson’’ Towolawi and Adewale “Masevex’’ Masebinu.
KB Godson’s heavy blow in the second round was enough to win the tie as Masevex’ manager threw-in the towel after blood from his boxer’s face continued to spill.
The biggest bout on the fight-card was however short lived when Nigeria’s Otto “Joe Boy” Joseph wrapped-up the much anticipated West African lightweight challenge in the first round when he defeated Ghana’s Ayitey Mettle, to seal a night of explosive boxing.
Babyface who had never won the prize money at the previous editions of the tournament also took home the Mojisola Ogunsanya trophy, an award given to the best boxer on the night.