BY TOM ODEMWINGIE.
Please let’s appreciate the real significance of Anthony Joshua’s recent victory over his Russian opponent for Nigerians and Africans.
Do you know that, beyond a fellow Nigerian winning a fight, Anthony Joshua did more for the country, nay continent?
Unknown to most Nigerians, like the Klitschko brothers (Vitali and the younger Wladimir who took turns to beat up our own Samuel Peter, and did so thrice between them) Povetkin, had become a terrorist to our boxers as detailed below.
The Klitschko Brothers
Although they are from Ukraine which was part of the Russian empire previously called Soviet Union, their Russian link cannot be denied.
- On 4 March 2006, at the EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany, the Russian knocked out Nigeria’s Richard Bango in the second of a scheduled 6-round bout.
- It was the turn of Friday Ahunanya, on 22 April 2006, to lose by a unanimous decision to Povetkin at SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany.
- On 16 November 2010, at the Olimpyskiy Sports Palace, Chekhov, Russia, Povetkin knocked out another Nigerian boxer Teke Oruh in the 10th of a scheduled 12-round bout.
- To give a continental dimension to the Povetkin menace, he knocked out Cameroon-born French boxer Carlos Takam on 24 October 2014.
So, for the sweet revenge for our collective trauma, we should savour this latest Anthony Joshua’s victory with more relish than anyone he’s had so far!