Dolapo Omole emerged the winner of last month’s best boxer of the day award based on his outstanding performance at the 107th edition of the Monthly Saturday Boxing Show at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Hall, Rowe-Park, Yaba.
Dolapo was voted by the referees and judges at the event as the best boxer out of 18 pugilists that fought in nine bouts on Saturday.
In what was clearly the fight of the day, plucky Dolapo produced a brilliant display of boxing to win his 56kg grudge fight with Saheed Abdullahi by a unanimous decision from the ringside judges.
Speaking to NationSport on his feat, Dolapo who described Floyd Mayweather as his idol, thanked the organisers of the tournament, adding that he intends to continue using the platform to hone his boxing skills and career.
Dolapo, who started boxing at age 6, added that he is targeting a spot on the national boxing team for the Olympic Games next year.
Babajide Obanikoro who represents the Eti-Osa constituency of Lagos in the House of Representatives was at the event to cheer the boxers and was impressed with the fans and organisation of the tournament.
Obanikoro also praised the Lagos Boxing Hall Fame (LBHF), chaired by Olawale Edun, a former Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, for promoting the people-driven and well-organised initiative
“The organization has been top notch and the fans have been well behaved. Kudos to LBHF headed by Edun. It is no mean feat to sponsor a tournament like this every month since 2009,” Obanikoro told NationSport.
The boxing extravaganza, which is the premier amateur boxing programme in Nigeria, is coordinated by Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame in conjunction with the Lagos State Amateur Boxing Association (LABA) and aims at discovering talents at the grassroots.