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Boxing federation pledges support for ailing ex-pugilist Felix


Secretary-General of the Nigeria Boxing Federation, Sunny Obot, says ailing ex-boxer, Friday Felix, will receive assistance from the federation  after suffering a partial stroke in October 2019.

Obot made this known in Lagos during the presentation of N300,000 to Felix by the Nigeria Ex-International Boxers Association.

National boxing coach Anthony Konyegwachie and former boxer Ifeanyi Owunmere represented the association at the event.

Felix represented Nigeria in the light flyweight category at the 1995 African Games in Harare, Zimbabwe, winning a bronze medal.

“I’m hearing this for the first time and I’m not sure that the federation is aware. Now that I’m aware, I’m going to put it across to the president of the federation and we will see what we can do on our end,” Obot told reporters.

“The president of the federation is keen about the welfare of boxers in the country and I know he will not joke with this.”

Obot also hailed the ex-boxers body for rendering help to a colleague in need.

“I really want to commend them for what they’ve done. Today it is Friday Felix; tomorrow it could be someone else. The mere fact that they’ve started this is a lesson for everyone to learn from. What they have done is a legacy for those coming behind.”

Meanwhile, Felix showered praises on the ex-boxers for the support.

 “This is a miracle and I’m happy for what they’ve done for me,” he said.

“I can now continue my treatment. Before the coronavirus lockdown, I was at the hospital until my money was exhausted. Now, I’m hopeful I’ll get better.”

Bibiyobra: Saturday, 31 October 2020 at 10/31/2020 03:52:00 pm


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