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Ooni Blesses African Boxing Champions, Ekundayo, Olusegun Ajose





United Kingdom based, undefeated current African Boxing Champion and Sky sports prize-fighter winner, Larry “The Natural” Ekundayo and Olusegun Ajose, former World Title challenger and their team took time off from training camp to pay a courtesy visit to Ooni of Ife, HRM Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II in London, during His Majesty’s historic royal visit to the UK.

The courtesy visit is part of the preparation and galvanising support for the forthcoming Commonwealth welterweight title fight between Larry Ekundayo and Australian titleholder Kris George on a major, televised promotion in the UK in June 2017.

This follows is coming after the Nigerian House of Representatives recently passing a motion, moved by Hon. Rita Orji (Chair, House Committee on Diaspora), pledging total support for Larry Ekundayo in his quest to return boxing glory to Nigeria.


Larry and Olusegun were blessed by Ooni of Ife with further promise of support, not only for the boxers but for all Nigerians in the Diaspora seeking to bring glory to their fatherland.

His Royal Majesty said he would join with the Alaafin of Oyo to support the boxers and urged all Nigerians in the UK, and Europe, to attend the forthcoming boxing event, to give maximum support for Larry in his forthcoming bout.

Ben Gray, Commercial Agent for the boxers, reiterated His Majesty’s call for support from Nigerians in the UK and in Nigeria. Ben pointed out the fact that out of the eight heavy weight champions produced by Great Britain, three have originally hailed from Nigeria (Herbie Hide, Henry Akinwande and Anthony Joshua).

He added Larry and Olusegun have chosen to fly the flag their fatherland, and as such, they should be fully embraced and supported, so as to deliver success to Nigerians in the colours of their own flag, rather than those of other countries.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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