Vanguard (Lagos)

30 June 2013

Nigeria: Buster Douglas, Riddick Bowe Storm Nigeria

Buster Douglas the first man to defeat Iron Mike Tyson, when every one thought he was invincible; Riddick Bowe and James 'Bone Crusher' Smith, all former World Heavyweight champions will be coming to Nigeria July 18. The visit is at the instance of the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Council.

This was disclosed yesterday in Lagos by the Executive Chairman, Amuwo Odofin LGA, Comrade Ayodele Adewale at a press briefing held at the Amuwo council chambers.

PUNCHY ... Buster Douglas receiving the punch from Evander Holyfield

The LGA boss said the visit, code named "Tour of Champions" was aimed at promoting the tourism potentials in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area and help "open a new vista of unlimited opportunities for our youths in particular, and our people in general."

He disclosed that the council was partnering with Trans Atlantic Group under the coordination of Honourable Alfred Dixon, a former Mayor of Greenevers, North Carolina in the USA, who is also a tourism consultant.

He said that the former boxing champions will address about five hundred youths at the Tulip Hotel, Amuwo Odofin and also have an exhibition bout against some local boxers at the FHA Field, Festac Town.

"These are the 'men who beat the men.' Bustler Douglas was the first man to knock out' Iron'Mike Tyson. Riddick Bowe was the first man to beat Evander Holyfield in the first two of the three matches that they fought. 'Bone crusher' Smith was the first college graduate to win a world boxing heavyweight title; and famed to have knocked out a heavyweight champion, Frank Bruno even as a rookie" the chairman added, while speaking on the profile of the former champions.

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