By AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
The journey started later part of 2019. The NBB of C under the leadership of Dr. Rafiu Oladipo president NBB of C had been working with the world Boxing Federation when Ridwan Oyekola Alias Scorpion was noticed and discovered by the president of the WBF, Mr. Howard, who had earlier told Dr. Rafiu Oladipo that Ridwan is a potential boxer who can become a world champion.
“I will certainly give him the opportunity” stated the WBF President. From then on, we started working with him, planing, consummation and execution started with the secretary of the NBB of C, Mr.Remi Aboderin, working night and day making sure that the fight took place.
By September 2020, an agreement was reached on how best to plan and execute the bout. At that time, a promoter who is also a manager to Ridwan Oyekola (scorpion), Mr.Shola Ayodele Ford, of cor-Afrique applied to the NBB of C the possibility of staging the fight. We agreed in principles that we work for a sponsor since the fight will gulp a lot of money.
In the search for sponsorship, the NBB of C traveled to Ibadan to meet with chairman and proprietor of the Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resorts, Engr. Dotun Sanusi, who immediately fell in love with the project and agreed to sponsor the fight.
That was the beginning of the Big show. Engr. Dotun Sanusi picked all the bills and kept his Hotels Sports Resorts for the use of the Championship.
At first a Spaniard, Ramoa Savin was to come for the fight but was not release by his country because of COVID-19.
That put the workaholic Remi Aboderin to get a better and tougher opponent in person of Lucas Mathais Montensino from Argentina.
Not only was Lucas a tougher opponent, but had to pay extra charges. Not only the purse, but indeed their flight from Argentina for the programme. We had a meeting with the Oyo State Government, the Ministry of Sports and also went to the, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi the 3rd, as well as the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Adetunji for their Royal Blessings.
Also, the LOC was put in place with Veteran, Wale Oguniyi as Co-Chairman with Dr. Rafiu Oladipo, Mr. Remi Aboderin the Sectary General of NBB of C and a representative of the Oyo State Government, a Director in the Ministry, Mrs.Adegoke.
These two people worked as secretary of the project, while Honourable Gbenga Opaleye, the Chairman of the Oyo State chapter of NBB of C was made the Chairman security committee.
Mr.Ademolu Okunleye was made the Chairman of Media and Publicity.
Other committee members were Messrs, Lanre Agiri Edina and Faith Ayegbeni, while Alhaji Abdulwahab Adekunle Hames served as Chairman Transport Committee.
We all converged at the Ilaji Hotels for 4 nights planing for the event to meet up to International standards.
It came up and history was made as Ridwan Oyekola, Alias Scorpion is now the World Boxing Federation Super Featherweight Champion.
His fight has been rated fight of the year as well as the most outstanding up coming boxer award of the year respectively.
Many thanks to all that contributed for the success of the project, particularly the Chairman of Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resorts, Engr.Dotun Sanusi.