Nigeria’s Ehwarieme wins world heavyweight boxing title


Nigeria’s Onoriode ‘Godzilla’ Ehwarieme emerged the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental heavyweight title champion on Saturday after he defeated his Argentine opponent, Ariel “Chiquito” Baracamonte, at GOtv Boxing Night 20.

Ehwarieme secured the title after his combination of vicious blows knocked out Baracamonte in the first round of the 12-round fight, which held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

Also, Taiwo ‘Esepo’ Agbaje, the national featherweight champion, won the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy for the best boxer on the night and claimed the cash prize of N1 million after knocking out Olusegun ‘Embargo’ Moses in a national featherweight challenge duel.Agbaje’s rapid, all-action style saw him knockout his opponent in the first round and win the votes of journalists at the event as the best boxer to the delight of the capacity crowd.

Rilwan ‘Real One’ Oladosu of Nigeria retained his West African Boxing Union (WABU) title after he secured a unanimous decision victory over Eric Quarm of Ghana in a lightweight title contest. Oladosu dominated the bout from the start to the end, giving his Ghanaian opponent no chance to create an upset.

Another entertaining contest saw Nigeria’s Rilwan ‘Baby Face’ Babatunde defeat Sanitor Agbenyo of Ghana and retain his WABU welterweight title. The firepower of the undefeated Babatunde was too much for Agbenyo, who got knocked out in the fourth round.

In another action-packed contest, Segun ‘Success’ Olanrewaju secured a surprise victory after he knocked out reigning national champion, Adewale ‘Masevex’ Masebinu, in the third round of a national light heavyweight challenge duel.

In other bouts, Sikiru ‘Omo Iya Eleja’ Shogbesan created a massive upset after he defeated his more experienced opponent, Ridwan ‘Scorpion’ Oyekola, via a split decision in a national super featherweight challenge duel, Opeyemi ‘Sense’ Adeyemi enhanced his soaring reputation in the local boxing scene after he left his opponent, Ajibola ‘Jah’ Adeniran, dazed on the canvass in the second round of their national super bantamweight challenge contest, while Alaba ‘Eylbow’ Omotola, best boxer at GOtv Boxing NextGen 5, won the battle of debutants as he secured a unanimous decision win over Bolaji ‘fight to Finish’ Abdullahi in a national lightweight challenge contest.

It was a thriller in the all-female contest as Cynthia ‘Omo Bobby’ Ogunsemilore continued her winning streak after securing a unanimous decision victory over Aminat ‘Smart’ Yekini in a national super featherweight challenge duel.There were also spectacular musical performances on the night from some of Nigeria’s biggest music stars, including Zlatan, Mayorkun and Oritsefemi, as well as lively displays from T Classic, Fuji star, Sule Alao Malaika; and MyFLloyd.

Bisi Adesina
Bisi Adesina
Akinlabi Bisola is a health and meds journalist with a deep background in Public Health Education and with a B.Sc in Health Education and Masters in Public Health Educator. You can catch up on her articles on her website

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