Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Durodola claims vacant African title

Olanrewaju ‘God’s Power’ Durodola has won the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO)-African Cruiser-weight title after the referee stopped his fight with Mussa Ajibu from Malawi in the fifth round at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana. The win takes 36 year old Durodola’s record to 25 wins and 3 loses (22 KOs) since joining the professional ranks in 2011. The 2008 Beijing Olympian dedicated his victory to all Nigerians and hopes he would continue to make the country proud on the international stage. “I am glad to win this title for Nigeria. This is my third African cruiser-weight belt and I will continue to work very hard so I can get more titles for the country. Clyde Musonda, Ajibu’s coach blamed the referee for stopping the contest without proper reasons. The contest was scheduled for 12-rounds but it was stopped in round five in 2 minutes 46 seconds. Musonda accused the referee of robbing Ajibu victory in a bout he dominated in the early rounds. “Mussa dominated all rounds and in the third round Mussa knocked down Durodola who managed to beat the count. In the fourth round it was even with both boxers exchanging blows,” he said. “I was surprised when the referee stopped the contest in the fifth round at a time both boxers were exchanging blows and the WBO Africa President asked why the referee suddenly stopped the fight.” Durodola, who is also an inspector with the Nigerian police will fight next in Auckland, New Zealand next month against a yet to be named opponent as he continues his quest to be a contender for a world title. He lost a World Boxing Council cruiser-weight (WBC) title eliminator to Mairis Briedis in Latvia last year.

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