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Maiden Edition of Yucateco Boxing League ends on high in Lagos

Posted : 15 February 2024

It was all smiles for the participating boxers as Season One of the Yucateco Boxing League came to a splendid conclusion, with top boxers and the best team taking home mouthwatering prizes.

The league, which ran for 13 weeks, culminated with the Champions Night – a grand finale held at the Yucateco Arena in Ikorodu.

The first-of-its-kind league was designed to encourage boxers to utilize their God-given talent and make a living from the sport. It also provided a much-needed platform for upcoming pugilists to showcase their skills in various weight categories.

The debut season, which started in November 2023, saw boxers from participating teams compete on a weekly basis during bouts held at selected venues in Lagos and major cities in the Southwest.

Omolei Imadu Yakubu, Chief Executive Officer of Yucateco Boxing Promotions, expressed excitement about the success achieved in the maiden season, stating that the initiative surpassed the organizers' expectations.

Imadu added that the league provided a consistent platform for youngsters to develop their talent, assuring that the initiative would go international for Season Two. He revealed that talents discovered from the debut season would have the opportunity to compete against their counterparts from other African countries.

"I must tell you sincerely, we are not holding back in our vision to change the face of boxing in Nigeria and, by extension, the continent. It's been thirteen weeks of immense talent discovery around selected communities in the Southwest, and I am happy we were able to achieve our goal despite the enormous challenges in staging the event."

"Our aim is to make this an international event. From Season Two, which kicks off in the second quarter of 2024, we want to expose these boxers as much as we can internationally."

GGFM Boxing Club reigned supreme in the YBL Season One, beating other clubs to emerge as the overall winner and claim the coveted trophy and millions of naira in prize money.

AbdulRahman Abdulwahab of ESPITA Boxing Club, with an undefeated record of 7 fights and 7 wins, was adjudged the best boxer. The youngster was rewarded with a multimillion-naira promotional sponsorship among other incentives.


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