London-based Taye “Esepor” Agbaje is “excited and in a killer mood” as he looks ahead to fighting in Nigeria for the first time in three years.
The West African Boxing Union featherweight champion is billed to fight Ghana’s Emmanuel “Agogo” Mensah in an international featherweight challenge bout at GOtv Boxing Night 26 on August 20.
The eight-bout show takes place at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. The boxer, who has had fights in Bolton and Liverpool, said since his recent return to Nigeria, his fans had clamoured for him to fight on the GOtv Boxing Night bill.
“I’m happy to have this opportunity to fight at GOtv Boxing Night. I’m really excited and in a killer mood. I do not care who Emmanuel Mensah is. I will be victorious, and my victory will be a reward for my fans, who have expressed desire to see me at GOtv Boxing Night. GOtv has been good to boxers. I urge my fans to come to the venue of the show,” he said.
Before leaving for the UK, Agbaje caused a stir with a self-recorded viral video in which he castigated the government for treating boxers shabbily.
In the video, the irate boxer said GOtv Boxing Night and Flykite Productions, the show organisers, were the only pillars of support for Nigerian boxers.
“It is the money I earn from GOtv Boxing Night and Flykite that has kept my family afloat. I bought tricycles with the cash prize of best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night,” he said in the video.
Esepor also said he is out to win the N1m attached to the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy again.
If he does, he will not be the only cash prize winner on the night, as the organisers have introduced a N500,000 prize for the runner-up to the best boxer.
GOtv Boxing Night 26 will also see the return of two famous names Abolaji “Afonja Warrior” Rasheed, former WABU middleweight champion, and policeman Prince “Lion” Nwoye who, respectively, will fight “Tanko” Suleiman and Funsho Moshood in the super welterweight and lightweight bouts.