Boxer Wahab credits hard work for title defence
At the ‘Rumble in Lasgidi’ fight night organised by the Lasgidi Boxing Initiative, WBO Africa super-featherweight champion, Oluwaseun Wahab, successfuly defended his title against Sikiru Shogbesan on March 5 at the National Stadium, Lagos.
Wahab recorded an 11th round technical knockout win over Shogbesan in the main event of the night.
Shogbesan sustained a cut in round seven at the top of both eyes but continued the fight, before the doctor forced the referee to end the fight in round 11 due to excess bleeding.
Speaking after the fight, the champion credited the hard work he put in for his success and promised fans he would continue with the wins.
“I feel good about the win. I want to give thanks to almighty Allah, without Him, I can’t get this victory. It’s the hard work and dedication that I put in day by day that helped me to win, I am really happy that I defended my title.
“What I look up to next now is the long road still ahead, there is still a lot to do, I am not stopping. I am just going to go back and work hard on my assignments and I want my fans to expect the best from me,” Wahab said.
Shogbesan presented a good display and might have actually won the belt if he had seen the fight to the end. However, the cut he got finalised the destination of the title.
After eight rounds, the West African welterweight champion Taiwo Olowu (15-2-0) started his 2023 with a majority decision win over Ganiyu Kolawole (1-7-0).
Nigerian sensation and number 10 ranked world amateur welterweight boxer, Abdul-Afeez Osoba, won his professional debut against Olufemi Akintayo (1-4-0) in a super welterweight clash.
Solomon “Iron Fist” Imoleayo (11-0-0) defeated Gbenga “Bam Bam” Oluokun (22-14-0) in their heavyweight clash.
Oluokun retired to his corner and refused to get up for the fourth round of 10 rounds scheduled fight on Sunday night.
Nigeria’s Sulaimon Jafaru beat Tanzanian Maono Ally by a unanimous decision after a highly entertaining eight rounds of the super welterweight clash.
In the super middleweight bout, Dimeji Salami also overcame Shakiru Lateef by a unanimous decision, while cruiserweight Kelvin Tarike knocked out Idowu Okusote in the first round of their bout.
The ‘Rumble in Lasgidi’ was promoted by Saleh Gloves Promotions and boxing fans in Lagos were treated to a night to remember.