The best boxer at the recently concluded GOtv Boxing NextGen 4 in Abeokuta, Adeyemi Opeyemi Elijah has commended the sponsors for providing young boxers the opportunity to achieve their dreams and earn a living.
Elijah, 18, was announced the best boxer by the panel of judges at the closing ceremony last Saturday.
The youngster also said he dreamt of becoming Nigeria’s preeminent boxer, and attributed his progress to GOtv Boxing NextGen Search to hard work.
He recalled that he found out about GOtv Boxing Next Gen Search in 2017, and participated in the third edition, which held in Ibadan.
Though selected by the judges, Elijah was advised to delay his decision to turn professional on account of age.
He, however, returned for GOtv NextGen Search 4 and, as he had previously done, made the cut and was adjudged the most promising among the 20 selected from a thick crowd of 150 boxers.
“I found out about GOtv NextGen Search in 2017 and took part in the edition held that year.
I was among those selected at GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 3, but I was asked to come back this year,” he said.
Elijah explained that he made up his mind to put in more effort to ensure that he would be selected and was happy when he was named the best boxer.