Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Barr Solomon Dalung has inaugurated the Local Organising Committee for the Bash Ali Guinness World Record Boxing Championship Fight on Tuesday.
The 63-year-old Cruiserweight boxer is expected to fight a 23-year-old American in a bout that is expected to set a new world boxing record
The sports minister while speaking at the inauguration in Abuja, applauded the project adding that it will further place the nation in good light in the world map.
“I called on the LOC and all Nigerians, particularly the private sector to support Bash Ali fight, it will not only inspire our boxers to believe in themselves but will support the efforts to rebrand and improve the Nigeria’s Image internationally” he said
Bash Ali however expressed his readiness ahead of the bout adding that is fitness is in no doubt.
“Am happy that the Guinness book of records fight is coming into reality in Nigeria, the fight has supposed to happened 16 year ago, but because of corruption and bad administration it was not staged but am happy it is going to be staged in the proper way in Nigeria.”
“The fight will be 3 months from now because promoters need to make the awareness of the fight all over the world.”
According to him “There is no doubt about my fitness I have been tested from the hair of my head to the nails of my toe I have been given a clean bill of health, which was called a medical miracle, that is why the fight will be seen all over the world because of it magnitude.”
The 22-man committee which is headed by Barrister Solomon Dalung are be expected to oversees the following: “To galvanizing all resources through support and funding, marketing and promotion to meet the demand of the approving boxing union logistics and event management”
“To immediately invite the president of the world boxing federation, the president of the international boxing union and the pay per view television operator for a win-win business partnership. “
“To use a befitting venue in any state in Nigeria to host the historic fight and to undertake the packaging of the fight in an efficient effective transparent and accountable manner.”