West African Boxing Union (WABU) middleweight champion, Abolaji “Afonja Warrior” Rasheed, has vowed to Christmas for his challenger from Ghana, Arye Ayitteh.
Afonja recently made this known when asked about his preparation as he defends his title when he faces Ayitteh at GOtv Boxing Night 13.
The bout, which is one of the three international title bouts at the seven-fight event holding on December 26, 2017 at Landmark Events Centre, has seen Afonja saying he will defend his title with the last drop of his blood.
Speaking in Lagos yesterday, the WABU champion said the age-old sporting rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana will motivate him to give his best when defending his title.
“The fact is it should never be heard that a Nigerian boxer is defeated by a Ghanaian opponent in Nigeria. I will fight with everything I have to retain my title and send Ayitteh back to Ghana empty handed. He is in for a very bad time. I will ruin his Christmas,” he said.
Scheduled for a showdown in the lightweight category, Nigeria’s Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph will take on Egypt’s Abdulrahim Ahmed for the vacant African Boxing Union (ABU) title, while Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi will take his first stab at the light welterweight continental title when he confronts Kenya’s Michael Odhiambo.