Reigning National and African champion in the Women’s Light-Weight Boxing, Kehinde Obareh has emphatically declared that she will punch her way to the gold medal at the fast approaching 11th All-Africa Games, flagging off in Congo Brazzaville next month.
“I’m not scared of fighting, so whoever gets on my way at the All-Africa Games will not find it funny and I’m not joking,’’ begins Obareh in a chat with Nigerian Pilot Sports.
The boxer who is an officer in the Nigerian army said being the continent’s number 1 makes you an easy target for all boxers in your category at the Games.
Obare said despite not being under pressure, she needs to train well as to reaffirm her position as the number 1 in Nigeria and Africa.
Obareh bemoaned that the bane of the country’s boxing is lacking of exposure. She disclosed that last year’s 4th African boxing championship in Yaounde, Cameroon was her first time she was attending a tournament outside the shores of Nigeria.
“I have the President of our Boxing Association to thank for that. He singlehandedly sponsored me for that competition in Cameroon. We lack exposure. Lack of funds means we can’t attend competitions outside the country,’’ said Obareh.
In a related development, the 2015 AFBC African Confederation Boxing Championships began in Casablanca, Morocco yesterday with Nigeria failing to send its boxers. The tournament expected to be dominated by North Africa nations will end on Thursday.
The boxing event of the All-Africa Games will hold on September 6 – 14.