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Nigeria’s WBF champion, Ridwan ‘Scorpion’ Oyekola in title-defence dress rehearsal on Friday



Ridwan Oyekola, who won the World Boxing Federation (WBF) International Super Featherweight title last year,  has stepped up preparations for a mandatory title defence in October.

According to boxing promoter, Olusola Ayodele, Oyekola who goes by the boxing ring  name of ‘Scorpion’ will on Friday in Ibadan face a Ghanaian challenger, Emmanuel  Noi Mensah in a Super featherweight challenge.

The bout is part of the dress rehearsal for a mandatory WBF title defence which should have held in June but shifted to October.

The 24 year old Nigerian boxer won the WBF title last December 27 when he defeated Argentina’s Lucas Mattias Montesino at the Ilaji Hotels ans Sports Resort in Ibadan, the same venue where he will be facing the challenger from Ghana.

The relatively new and young world boxing champion boasts of eight professional fights of which he won six; four of which were by knock-out.

He drew one and had lost just one professional bout. According to Ayodele, the Friday challenge contest is packaged by Core Afrique Boxing Promotions in conjunction with Ilaji Hotels & Sports Resort in Ibadan, the home base of the emerging global boxing sensation.


Apart from the headline bout of Ridwan Oyekola and the Ghanaian challenger, there are seven undercard fights.

One of such pitches Abeeb Oladeji against Ojo Arabambi in a Bantamweight challenge contest. In the heavyweight, Gbenga Oluokun will square with Sunday John while Kazeem Lawal will fight against Femi Akintayo in a middleweight contest.

Another fight on the card will see Jamiu Akande facing Moses Apata in a lightweight contest while Ayobami Azeez will also face Mutiu Lawal in the same category.

The ladies are not left out as ‘Star Girl’ Blessing Godwin will enter the ring to face Kaosara Rasheed in a middleweight contest.


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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