Delta boxers’ plight worries Okorodudu



Former African Lightweight Boxing Champion, Jerry Okorodudu, yesterday decried the plight of boxers representing Delta State at the on-going Kenneth Minimah National Open Championships in Lagos.

Okorodudu from Delta told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, venue of the championship, that the boxers were not provided with the necessary facilities that would make them excel at the competition.

He said the state, known for producing good boxers in the past, had failed to nurture budding talents for the competition due to the neglect of the sport, adding, “It is a shame that Delta State boxers have been sleeping at the venue of this competition since it started last Friday, and some of them even beg people for money to feed.

“In the past, boxers in the state were well equipped, but now, we cannot boast a single boxing gym in my state, and this has affected the growth of the sport.

“This competition also serves as national trials for the All Africa Games; I don’t see any of our athletes doing well because they are not motivated.’’

The former champion then appealed to the new government in the state to rescue the sport from its current predicament.

“I am appealing to the state government to put good facilities in place. As it is now, the only way boxers train is by tying a sandbag on a tree to serve as a punching bag.

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