Scribe of the Nigeria Boxing Board of Control Remi Aboderin has stated that the Board is not responsible for seeking sponsorship to promote Boxing in Nigeria.
Aboderin stated this during an interactive session on Nigeria Sports Centre Whatsapp platform. “It is basically the job of the boxers, their managers and coaches” he started. “They bring in their promoters while what we do is issue license to them”
“I sincerely wish we (The Board) are in charge of that also, but it is not our job”. “When a promoter shows interest in promoting a boxer, we only come in to give guidelines for the promotion” he added.
Aboderin after clearing the air was also quick to appreciate the gesture of GOtv and Flykite production in promotion of boxing in Nigeria. “We have to give it to GOtv and Flykite Production” he started. “Flykite production is the company promoting boxing on behalf of GOtv in Nigeria”.
“What Flykite production is doing for professional boxing in Nigeria is a major boost”. “They will encourage other interested promoters come on board to seek license”
Aboderin who also doubles as the President of the West Africa Boxing Union courtesy of the World Boxing Council (WBC) also identified language barrier as a challenge towards boxing in Nigeria.
Nigeria is an English speaking country but most of the countries in West Africa are French speaking.
“The only country that we actually have boxing business with easily in West Africa right now is Ghana”.
“Carrying other countries like Burkina Faso, Togo and others along has not been easy due to the language barrier”.
“In fact, most of the boxers from the Franco-phone countries are more into amateur boxing”. “And these among others are part of the challenges facing boxing in Nigeria”.
Aboderin is optimistic and believes that professional boxing will get its desired development with time.