Nigerian boxing saw some back-and-forth when two of its boxers were invited to fight in the US and UK, but they were however denied visas, much to the Secretary’s surprise General of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control. .
Remi Aboderin, general secretary of the NBBC and president of the West African Boxing Union, expressed his shock and displeasure at the turn of events during an interview with Sports247.
“I really can’t explain. Rilwan Oladosu is a WBF champion, our former national champion. And although he was invited to fight in America by his promoter, with his P1 visa paid, which means he is recognized as an outlet to do business and leave the country afterwards and all the documents are there even if at no time could he express himself well at the embassy,” Rémi told Sports247.
“Blessing is supposed to fight Pryce in London and it was supposed to happen in August but the fight was postponed as she didn’t get a visa despite applying since May alongside her trainer but the visa for the coach has been approved but the fighter herself has nothing that will also void the coach’s visa if he does not arrive and it is disheartening to see how embassies deal with these issues,” he said. he adds.
The Secretary General then delivered a message. “They should let real athletes show their talents at the international level rather than frustrate them from sport and expose them to social vices,” Remi said.
“Rilwan is internationally recognized and is undefeated in 15 fights this year alongside his American opponents. The Embassy will ruin the careers of our young athletes if it continues to deny them access to the pinnacle of their careers,” he concluded.