A boxing showdown will return to the ring at the Young Men Sport Club (YSC) located on Wilkinson Road in Freetown, on Thursday, 27 April, as XOB Boxing Club will collaborate with Sierra Leone Boxing Association to stage 10 Independence Day bouts.
The event will bring together elite boxers from Sierra Leone Police, RSLAF, Correctional Service, Tiwana, Fighters Factory and the host, XOB Boxing Club.
Ten high-profiled boxers who have represented Sierra Leone in Africa Boxing Championship, Regional zone two (2) and the Commonwealth Games will battle for titles in the various weight categories against Sierra Leone Boxing Association (SLBA) youthful and promising boxers.
Sierra Leone Boxing Association (SLBA), Christian Campbell, said, “The showdown will be used in the title race in a bid to select outstanding boxers to represent Sierra Leone in this year’s AIBA World Championship in Hamburg, Germany and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of XOB Boxing Club, Muctarr Turay, “We are staging the event to bring the boxers together in a competitive manner.”
Lightweights, Abubakarr S. Kanu and Sahid Lansana are sure to demonstrate a competitive “bang-up” against each other when they meet in the ring. Both boxers guarantee to get the evening off to a cracking start.
Currently preparing for the much-anticipated fight is national boxing team Captain, Franklyn Maye of the Police Boxing Club who is pitched to battle against John Brown in the Lightweight category.
Maye stated that he has fought with Brown’s uncle before and he never lost against him. “I have never lost a bout against his uncle, so I have that history to repeat as I will crack Brown’s bone to show him that I am the best in this category.”
“Brown is a small boy. He will be coming to win at all costs, which will make the contest very great. But I am working on my steps and techniques. And I am in good shape to knock him out in the first round of the fight,” Maye bragged.
John Brown is very optimistic of breaking Maye’s long-standing record against his family.
“He is boasting of beating me because he has on several occasions defeated my uncle. I want to put it to Maye that I will put up a great fight against him on that night. I will surely fight for my family name by defeating him with great optimism”.
Other fighters that will be showcasing their boxing prowess are Ansu Coker, Gibrilla Kamara, Mohamed Sillah, Abubakarr S. Kanu, Saidu P. Kargbo, Usifu Kamara, Alie Bolo, Abdul Kargbo, Frank Weaver and Alpha D.
Another inspiring bout will showcase two female boxers, Zainab Ketta and Mariama Sesay, from Bo. This should be an exciting bout as the two are meeting in competition for the first time.
— Bernard Turay