10 December 2012

Nigeria: Lagos Retains Title in Boxing

Team Lagos on Friday confirmed its supremacy in the boxing event of the 18th National Sports Festival tagged Eko 2012 after the Olaide Fijabi-inspired team ruled the tournament.

From the seven gold medals the team won at the 2011 Garden City Games in Rivers, Lagos increased the gold to eight at Eko 2012 to top the medal haul of boxing.

To be crowned the overall winner, Lagos amassed eight gold medal and one bronze, while Ogun has seven gold four silver and three bronze medals to finish second, while Team Ondo grabbed two gold and one silver.

On the final day, defending champion in the 64kg weight category, Lagos' Fijabi started the onslaught with a 10-1 win over Adeniji Korede of Kogi State to win the gold, while female boxer Kate Peters also retained her gold medal won at the Garden City games last year.

Also, Ibrahim Segun competing in the +91kg weight category out-punched Ajagba Efe from Delta State 11-3 to win the gold, as Otto Joseph of the 60kg weight category had no difficulty going past Soyoye Kazeem of Ogun State with a 9-1.

Gabriel Francis set the atmosphere agog with his display of good amateur boxing against Jegede Solomon of Kogi State to win the gold in the 91 weight category, as Oriyomi Aishat defeated Sunday Omobolanle of Ogun State in the 54kg weight category in another female bout to win the gold. Rasheed Muyideen of Ogun State could not withstand the aggressiveness of Dauda Azeez, who won the gold with an 8-0 win in the 49kg weight category contest.

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