Agbaje: Next Big Thing in Nigerian Boxing?

first_imgFrom the first bell, Agbaje, with tinted hair and body a mosaic of tattoos, peppered his more famous opponent with fast and furious combinations. It did not take the former ABU champion a long time to realise that he was up against something different from what he was used to. A lightning-fast sequence midway into the first round left Skoro sprawling on the canvas.A few seconds later, he was back on the canvas.The hall erupted in cheers and Agbaje, milking the fans’ excitement, let rip. From then on a pattern of not just dominance, but supremacy was established, as Agbaje-to unrestrained cheers from the capacity crowd-thumped Skoro almost for fun.But there was surprise from the former ABU champion: lasting the distance. It was such a one-sided bout that it was a minor miracle that Skoro lasted the distance and Agbaje won-unsurprisingly- by unanimous decision. Fittingly, he was voted best boxer on the night, walking away with the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy and a cash prize of N1million, the second time he was winning the award.His first was at GOtv Boxing Night 16, when he faced Tope “TP Rock” Musa who, in his own right, is a boxer of great guile and speed of thought. It was a firecracker of a bout, as both boxers went for each other with the rage of a bull. Unlike Skoro, Musa gave as much as he got. Well, almost. But there was going to be only one winner-Agbaje, whose coordination, even when on the offensive was top-grade. Agbaje, who currently has eight wins in as many fights-five by technical knockout-combines flair and functionality seamlessly. He spots openings as though he has a third eye and has the speed to quickly exploit such in devastating manner, as Skoro discovered. His fight against Musa also showed that he can thrive against less obliging opponents and does not need to greatly alter his all-action style. He is currently attracting attention and, barring a drastic form loss, looks likely to have a big say in where the domestic, sub-regional and even continental featherweight titles should go.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Just when fans thought that Waidi “Skoro” Usman, former African Boxing Union (ABU) featherweight champion and conqueror of many domestic and sub-regional opponents, was about making a return to the big time, he ran into Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje at GOtv Boxing Night 19.The lesser known Agbaje made it clear to the former ABU champion that a return, if he nursed such an ambition, would have to come later and certainly not against him.Their national featherweight challenge duel at GOtv Boxing Night 19 on July 21, at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos turned out to be a mismatch and perhaps an indication that Skoro is verging on being classed as over-the-hill.last_img read more

Jordan Ayew happy with Black Stars work rate after Togo win

first_img“Well, this is Mauritius and we have the quality to replace them [injured players] and win the game on Sunday,” said the Lorient frontman. Ghana forward Jordan Ayew is happy with the Black Stars work rate after defeating Togo in a friendly. With his brother Andre and Kwesi Appiah ruled out of Sunday’s game due to injury, Jordan has no fears of probably struggling against the Mauritians. “I think the guys did well. It was not easy playing because of the weather. We did well,” Jordan said of the win over Togo. “We are preparing and on progress for Sunday’s game against Mauritius in the Nations Cup qualifiers,” he added. Both Ghana and Togo used the friendly to assess themselves ahead of their respective assignments this weekend.LineupsTogo XI: Mensah – Dakonam, Akakpo, Amevor, Mamah – Amewou, Wome, Aboubakar, Dossevi – Gakpe, Abraw.Ghana XI: Fatau Dauda; Edwin Gyimah, Baba Rahman, Johb Boye, Jonathan Mensah; Mohammed Rabiu, Christian Atsu, Mubarak Wakaso, Frank Acheampong; Majeed Waris, Bernard Mensah– Debutant Bernard Mensah’s 35th minute drive from 30-yards beat goalkeeper Cedric Mensah in post for Belgian coach Tom Sainfiet’s Hawks to separate both sides in a keenly contested international encounter in Accra on Monday.last_img read more

JC roundup: Late goals keep Pierce perfect

first_img Lydia Ladden gave Santa Monica (7-3 overall, 1-2 WSC) a fifth-minute lead. Pierce, the state’s No. 2-ranked team, remained perfect, improving to 15-0 overall and 4-0 in WSC play. Nicole Walberg and Elia Petrosian scored late goals Tuesday, and Pierce College’s women’s soccer team avoided an upset, pulling out a 2-1 Western State Conference victory over Santa Monica. Walberg, a freshman from El Camino Real High of Woodland Hills, scored the tying goal in the 78th minute, and Petrosian, a freshman out of Montclair Prep of Panorama City, netted the winner three minutes later. In other women’s soccer: Moorpark 4, Oxnard 1: Brooke Albert and Jayme Reed scored two goals apiece to lead the Raiders (8-1-2, 2-0-1) to a Western State Conference victory over visiting Oxnard. Albert scored in the 14th and 19th minutes, then departed with a head injury after her second goal. Reed tallied in the 74th and 79th minutes. Charlene Rodriguez scored for Oxnard in the 75th. Cuesta 3, L.A. Mission 0: Mission remained winless, falling to 0-9 overall and 0-5 in Western State Conference action, with a shutout loss to Cuesta. center_img MEN’S SOCCER L.A. Mission 5, Santa Barbara City 1: Crosby Menjivar scored two goals, and Nelson Sandoval, Julian Lopez and Jonathon Bravo also tallied to lead Mission (4-2-6, 3-1) into first place in the Western State Conference. College of the Canyons 2, Moorpark 0: Canyons shut down visiting Moorpark for the Western State Conference triumph. WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Pierce 3, Oxnard 0: Meredith Rice had eight kills and Ashley Boss contributed 15 digs to lead the Brahmas (9-1, 3-0) to a Western State Conference victory. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more