Esepo delighted at winning best boxer prize at GOtv Boxing Night 20

first_imgRelatedPosts GOtv Boxing Night 20: Ehwarieme eyes world title Ehwariemi wins WBF title as Agbaje emerges best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 20 GOtv Boxing Night 20 holds today Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje, the national featherweight champion, has expressed delight at winning the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy for the best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 20 on Saturday at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. Agbaje claimed the cash prize of N1 million attached to the trophy after knocking out Olusegun “Embargo” Moses in the fourth round of a featherweight challenge duel. Saturday’s win was the third time Agbaje has won the award. He previously won at GOtv Boxing Night 17 and 19. Speaking in an interview on Monday, Agbaje said he is thrilled to win the award again. “I’m very happy to win the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy for the third time. When I enter the ring to fight, my main focus is just to knock out my opponent and secure a win. But to be considered as the best boxer by the journalists twice in a row and claiming the award three times overall still feels like a dream. I’m very excited and I dedicate this award to my ever-supportive fans,” Agbaje said. He, however, said his attention has now shifted to becoming the West African Boxing Union featherweight champion. “I’m the national champion, so my aim now is to become the WABU featherweight champion. I’ll continue to work hard to ensure I remain at my peak in order to not just be in contention and win the title, but to ensure that I’m the best boxer in my weight division on the African continent,” he said. Eight other bouts were held at the event, including the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental heavyweight title bout in which Nigeria’s Onoriode “Godzilla” Ehwariemi emerged as the champion after he knocked out his Argentine opponent, Ariel “Chiquito” Baracamonte, in the first round. Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu of Nigeria retained his West African Boxing Union title after he defeated Eric Quarm of Ghana in a lightweight title contest, Nigeria’s Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde defeated Sanitor Agbenyo of Ghana to retain his WABU welterweight title, Segun “Success” Olanrewaju knocked out reigning national champion, Adewale “Masevex” Masebinu, in a national light heavyweight challenge duel, and Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan defeated his more experienced opponent, Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola, via a split decision in a national super featherweight challenge duel. Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi knocked out Ajibola “Jah” Adeniran, in the second round of their national super bantamweight challenge contest, Alaba “Eylbow” Omotola won Bolaji “Fight to Finish” Abdullahi in a national lightweight challenge contest, while Cynthia “Omo Bobby” Ogunsemilore won the all-female clash as she defeated Aminat “Smart” Yekini in a national super featherweight challenge duel.Tags: GOtv Boxing Night 20Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial TrophyTaiwo “Esepo” Agbajelast_img read more

The Latest: Diamond League calls off first 3 meets of season

first_img March 17, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___9:55 a.m. Associated Press China has already resumed a partial track and field schedule after the virus outbreak subsided. It was supposed to host the world indoor championships this month in Nanjing but that event was moved to 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img The Latest: Diamond League calls off first 3 meets of season The Diamond League has called off its first three track meets of the season.The Diamond League was scheduled to start in Qatar next month. Two meets in China in May were to follow. The Diamond League says travel restrictions and disrupted preparations caused by the coronavirus outbreak have made it impossible to stage those competitions on time.The season is now tentatively set to begin in Stockholm on May 24.Only one of the three canceled meets has been rescheduled. The event in Shanghai is now set for Aug. 13. The meet in Qatar and the second Chinese meet have been postponed indefinitely but could be restaged after the Diamond League final in September.The 2020 season was supposed to see a shift in how the Diamond League is run with an extended 15-meet season and fewer events at each.last_img read more

Syracuse buries UMass-Lowell with depth in Colgate Nike Classic

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ HAMILTON, N.Y. — As field temperatures approached triple digits at Beyer-Small ’76 Field, Syracuse’s depth was tested.It came through for the Orange (2-1-2), though, as SU pressed and subbed heavily in its 4-0 victory over UMass-Lowell (2-3) Friday in the Colgate Nike Classic.“Our game was to press them 100 percent as long as we could,” SU midfielder Emma Firenze said. “Our coaches said we were going to rotate a lot of players to keep the pace.”Firenze was one of seven players to come off the bench in the first half as she joined forward Maya Pitts at the forefront of SU’s four-goal outing. Pitts registered four shots and used her speed and agility to stretch the UMass-Lowell back line while fellow strikers Alexis Koval and Sheridan Street each came off the bench and recorded a shot.Pitts entered the match for Alex Lamontagne at 20:40 of the first half and immediately took hold. On the first offensive possession after she entered, Pitts rushed down the left wing and sent a through ball for Firenze that skimmed just out of reach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We had to get fresh legs in. I think the bench did a really good job coming in and making an impact,” Pitts said. “We definitely had the space to shoot, so if I saw I had an open shot, I wanted to take it. There were just so many shots open that we had to take our advantages.”At 23:57, Pitts took a shot from straight on that was turned aside by River Hawks’ goalkeeper Jill Carlson. Three minutes later – one minute before Jackie Firenze scored to make it 1-0 – Pitts took another shot that sailed wide.“She gives us something that we don’t have in other spots,” head coach Phil Wheddon said of Pitts. “She’s strong, powerful, she looks for the goal. She’s hungry to score.”Because of the heat, after Firenze’s goal, the referees chose to take a water break. But after the short break, Syracuse couldn’t muster much production in the final third. Especially in the final ten minutes of the half, SU couldn’t connect on any combination plays.But Syracuse took full advantage of the halftime break. The Orange didn’t come onto the field until the halftime clock hit 0:00, and didn’t come off its bench until the referee blew his air horn twice.“You really have to play feet and try to get your breath when you can, and when you do get subbed off, hydrate,” Pitts said. “In the second half I think we all came out hydrated and refreshed and came out strong.”In the first five minutes of the second half, SU forward Stephanie Skilton scored twice, putting the game out of reach.SU didn’t make any substitutions before Lamontagne’s goal to extend the lead to 4-0. Emma Firenze and Pitts came on in the 66th and 71st minutes, respectively, and Koval came on to relieve Skilton with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation.Syracuse’s bench recorded 26 percent of the shots the team took and gave its starters much-needed breathers in the first half.“We had to be sensible on a very, very hot day to rotate those players to make sure we have some energy left for Sunday’s game (against Vermont at 11 a.m.),” Wheddon said. “And all of our players know they’re going to contribute at some point.” Comments Published on September 5, 2014 at 7:49 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edulast_img read more