Nigerian boxer, Larry Ekundayo, on Friday retained his International Boxing Federation European Welterweight title with a unanimous points win over Louis Greene of the United Kingdom.
Ekundayo defeated Green after 10 cracking rounds 100-89, 98-91, 99-90 on the judges’ scorecards at the York Hall in London.
Speaking after the fight, Ekundayo thanked his fans for their support, including the Chairman of Bajis Group, Alhaji Buhari Sani and his wife; Mr.Segun Adeniji, Luqman Arisekola Alao, and members of the Love of Christ Church who were at York Hall for the fight.
He said, “It’s a positive thing for me to be representing Nigeria and my family. My children were born in Britain and have never been to Nigeria. I’m doing it for them. They know their roots even though they were born here.
“It’s something I see as a positive thing. I get the British fans to support me too, so it’s win-win.”
Director of Africa Division, Peel Aston Global and a member of ‘Team Ekundayo,’ Khomeini Bukhari, commended the IBF champion in a statement on Saturday.
He said, “I want to thank God and the people who have supported us on this journey, it hasn’t been easy. I hope Nigeria appreciates all of Larry’s efforts as he has brought sporting glory home.
“He’s proud to be a Nigerian and doesn’t hide it which I really commend. He stayed true to his country and I pray we can all follow his footsteps.”
Bukhari said the next goal was to stage Ekundayo’s next fight in Nigeria.
Ekundayo’s commercial agent, Ben Gray, appealed to the Federal Government and corporate organisations to support the IBF champion to make his dream of becoming the world boxing champion a reality.
He stated, “Larry has done his best for Nigeria with very limited funds and we urge the Nigerian Government and the corporate organisations to support Larry so he can be the world champion and continue to make Nigeria proud.”