Nigerian national amateur lightweight champion, Rilwan Lawal, has signed a five-year $100,000 management contract with FADA and FADA Global Contracting, in partnership with Azzur Entertainment.
Rilwan, popularly known as ‘D Real Show Boi’ by his fans, is the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Armed Forces lightweight champion, the 2016 Governors’ Belt holder, and has represented Nigeria at several international competitions including the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.
The boxer has relocated from Zaria to Lagos, where he is training for his professional debut against Ghanaian Enoch Lamptey in Aborigines Beach Resort, Keta, Ghana, on November 3.
“Rilwan will live up to his reputation by defeating his opponent in his own backyard. We express our gratitude to the Nigerian Army for helping to develop him into a formidable boxer and giving him a platform to advance his career. The excellent military training has made him such a force and dangerous boxer in Africa right now,” Balogun Omokayode, the Managing Director, FADA and FADA Global Contracting, said.
Omokayode, whose father, Senator Moshood Balogun, was a professional boxer in the 1950s and 1960s, said his firm partnered Azzur Entertainment, owned by US-based Nigerian, Nelson Aiyelabowo, to help prevent a situation where precocious boxers like world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, competed for other countries rather than Nigeria.
“We must all admit as Nigerians that listening to the UK national anthem being played before his (Joshua’s) world title fight against Wladimir Klitschko in London, instead of our lovely Nigerian anthem, was disheartening.”______________________________________________
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