Holy field
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with the former Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Evander Holyfield during the courtesy visit by the former heavyweight boxing champion at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday. Twitter

By Ogbolu George with agency report

Lagos state Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, have disclosed that they would partner Evander Holyfield Foundation in the discovery of  boxing talents in the state.

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They revealed this on Thursday at the ”Rumbles in Lagos” novelty bout between former Heavyweight Boxer Holyfield and ex-Governor Bola Tinubu at Landmark Event Centre in Lagos.

Land of opportunities

Ambode said that the state would create platforms to ensure the success of young talents, being a land of great opportunities.

”This whole idea is geared toward getting in touch with our youths to create some kind of youth empowerment, especially, amongst young boxers in Nigeria.

”We are committed to seeing new champions come out of Lagos being a land of opportunities; that is why we are partnering with the heavy weight so we can together achieve great results,” he said.

According to him, the state will go all out to ensure discovered and undiscovered talents are celebrated and given due recognition at all times.

Contact points

Also speaking Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, said that he was delighted that Holyfield picked Lagos as one of his contact points to reaching young talents.

According to him, such initiatives will go a long way into inspiring as well as sustaining the dreams of youths to achieving greatness.

Holyfield

While speaking, Evander Holyfield said that he was humbled at the reception he received from the leadership and people of Lagos State.

”I am indeed honoured to be in Lagos and in Nigeria, being one of the biggest nations in Africa.

”Being a heavyweight champion four times makes me humbled to look inward and create opportunities for others to thrive in the same field as I have over the years.

”Nigeria has got talented boxers that can become world figures and I am hoping with our help; these talents will gain recognition,” he said.