By Peter Akinbo.
The 28th edition of GOtv Boxing Night fully delivered with multiple knockouts on display at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Monday.
The event featured seven bouts with three KOs across different weight categories, including in the main event between London-based World Boxing Federation Intercontinental featherweight champion, Taiwo ‘Esepor’ Agbaje, and Twalib Tuwa of Tanzania.
Ahead of the showdown, the boxers were involved in a war of words, with Agbaje, who is ranked 39th in the world by the WBF, bragging that he will “eat up” his opponent, Tuwa, like the popular Nigerian meal, Tuwo.
“Tuwa sounds like Tuwo to me. Tuwo is a light, easy to eat and digest food. I have no doubt that Tuwa is the same and will be eaten and digested with ease like Tuwo Shinkafa,” Esepor boasted.
In a counter-boast, Tuwa said Esepor should be ready to lose his unbeaten status. “I fight like a lion in the ring. I don’t hold back. I have heard of Esepor’s record. I am more experienced than him and I will end his record,” he said.
True to his word, Agbaje stopped the Tanzanian in the second round, winning by technical knockout after earlier dropping Tuwa in the first round.
Another boxer, Steven ‘Freeman’ Kadima, was also upbeat ahead of his fight against Godwin Ambrose, promising that “Ambrose will fall.”.
Kadima matched his words with action, when he knocked Ambrose out in the final round of their eight-round bout in their cruiserweight clash.
Michael Adesodun also dropped Samuel Moses but could not get the knockout win he wanted and had to make do with a unanimous decision win in their super-featherweight bout.
In their lightweight match, Tosin ‘Soja Boy’ Osaigbovo defeated Azeez Ayobami by unanimous decision of the judges after eight rounds of boxing.
Omole Dolapo forced Gbolahan Mojeeb to retire to his corner after the end of round five. Dolapo scored two knockdowns in round one and two on his way to the TKO victory in their featherweight bout.
Emmanuel Abimbola won his bout against Prince Nwoye by another unanimous decision after eight rounds of their featherweight clash.
Also, Oladimeji Salami defeated Samuel Elegbede by unanimous decision after six rounds of their super-middleweight contest.