Team Lagos has defied all odds to lead the medal table of Boxing at the National competition tagged Edo 2020.
Lagos won 5 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal leaving other States to share the remaining 12 medals in the Sport.
Team Lagos maintained the tradition as the powerhouse of Nigerian amateur boxing by hauling the highest number of gold medal from the pugilist trade.
Shittu Afolabi opened the gate of victories for Lagos in his bout on Tuesday when he beat Team Ogun’s Kasali Abayomi 3-2 in the 52kg male contest. He picked a gold medal from the fight.
Omole Dolapo dominated his Bayelsa opponent, Godstime whom he beat 5-0 in the 56kg, winning the second gold for Team Lagos, while the third gold was won by Adesodun Michael who also defeated Ogun State’s Fajimi Taiye in the 60kg bout.
An interesting fourth gold was won by Abudlazeez Osoba who did not throw any punch on the ring as his opponent, Abua Christian from Cross River was penalised by the officials for failing to attend weigh-in early on Tuesday, hence the fight was declared abandoned in favour of Lagos boxer.
Oraekwe Blessing and Fatimo Aromokola were able to settle for silver medal each as they were defeated by Kate Peter (Edo) and Blessing Smart (Delta) in 69kg and 75kg respectively.
There was a forced postponement of some fights to Wednesday by the Nigeria Boxing Federation due to the stampede and violence caused by fans of Team Edo delayed the fight between Lagos’ Gabriel Francis and Adedeji Agboola from Ondo. Francis, however won the 91kg bout to win the fifth gold medal for Team Lagos.
MALE ( GOLD)
1. SHITTU AFOLABI ( 52KG)
2. OMOLE DOLAPO (56KG)
3. ADESODUN MICHEAL ( 60KG)
4. OSOBA ABDULAFEEZ ( 69KG)
5. GABRIEL FRANCIS ( 91KG)
1. ORAEKWE BLESSING ( 69KG)
2. FATIMO AROMOKOLA ( 75KG)
FEMALE ( BRONZE )
1. OLAMIDE MUSTAPHA ( 60KG)
TOTAL MEDALS = 8