By Ifeanyi Eduzor
Organisers of the maiden edition of the forthcoming YUCATECO Boxing League have announced that a total of 8 boxing clubs made up of 16 fighters each will participate in the competition which kicks off on November 6, 2023 at the Gymnasium Hall of the National Institute For Sports ( NIS), National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.
The clubs are; Akil Boxing Club, Progreso,. Tizimi, Conkal, Green Grace Farmer Market, Angulo Siete, Espital and YS Rano Boxing Clubs.
Disclosing this to the media during a press conference to herald the round robin championship, Chief Executive Officer of YUCATECO Boxing Promotions, Omole Yakubu Imadu stated that the competition will be in line with Olympic style boxing while all the clubs are affiliated with the Lagos State Boxing Association.
According to him, the first two days will be at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos after which action moves to Ikorodu from November 10- 11 and Agege on the 17-18 November after which it will move to other states of the country.
Explaining the modalities for the league, the Edo State born boxing promoter stated that boxers will be gaining points fighting in each venue with the overall winning club going home with a whopping N20 million.
Imadu further explained that the best fighter in each category will win N300,000 while the first and second runners-up will get N200,000 and N100,000 respectively with the Most Valuable boxer getting handsome award just like the best referee and coach
Also Speaking, Technical Director of the competition Babatunde Laguda explained that there will be five weight categories namely; 51 kg, 57 kg, 63.5 kg, 71 kg and 75 kg including three weight categories for challenge contest.
He stated that part of the reason for organising the league is to help in talent discovery, assuring fans that they’ll will be treated to the best of amateur boxing when the league kicks off .
By Ifeanyi Eduzor