Adedeji Adegbola, a boxer representing Ondo State, on Friday, knocked out his opponent, Oluwafemi Adetoye of Yobe state, in a record 15 seconds of their first round heavyweight boxing bout.
The feat was recorded at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Benin.
Equally important, the bout, held at the Oba Akenzuwa Cultural Centre, Benin, was at the semi-finals stage. With the win, the Ondo pugilist, Adegbola has qualified for the semi-finals of the heavyweight category; with his victory placing him in the medals range, alongside five team mates vying in other weight categories.
Speaking with the newsmen shortly after the bout, Adegbola said that he trained very hard for the festival.
Further, he expressed his optimism of clinching the gold medal in the heavyweight category.
“I am happy and I thank God. I trained very well ahead of the festival. Also, I thank my coaches for the advice and the training process,” he said.
Equally important, a former Ondo State Commissioner for Sports, Mr Dotun Owanikin, was at the event to give moral support to the Ondo team. He congratulated the boxer and wished him success in the remaining bouts.
“This 2020 Sports festival gold in the heavyweight category is reserved for Ondo State, through this jewel,” Owanikin said.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his condolences to the Queen of England over the death of her husband, Prince Philip.
1st News reports that Prince Phillip passed on Friday at the age of 99.
The president’s condolence message was contained in a statement issued by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday.
Buhari said: “The death of Duke of Edinburgh is the end of an era. Prince Philip was one of the greatest and publicly recognisable international figures whose contributions to the Commonwealth will be remembered for generations to come.”