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2 opening-round kayoed Nigerian ‘boxers’ likely to be imposters, JBC suspects.

Jun 28, 2023 15:24 pm

A pair of Nigerian ‘’boxers’’ knocked out in the first round in their respective nontitle bouts with fellow Nigerians in May in Sapporo in Japan’s northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido appeared to be different persons from the ones originally expected, sources close to Japan Boxing Commission said on June 27.

The 37-year-old Samuel Moses was knocked out by top-ranked Japanese featherweight Ridwan Oyekola of Okinawa’s Hiranaka Boxing School Gym in the first round in a scheduled eight-round super featherweight nontitle bout on May 14, while the 26-year-old Oyekola’s stablemate Kazeem Lawal, 34, was also decked in the opening round by JJ Ologun, 23, in a scheduled middleweight four-rounder.

The two knocked-out Nigerians were said to be brought to Japan through Bobby Ologun, a once-popular Nigerian-born television personality in Japan currently serving as a manager of the Hiranaka gym. But they are strongly suspected of being different persons. JJ Ologun is the 55-year-old Bobby Ologun’s son. An accompanying Nigerian trainer is also suspected of being a different person, according to the sources.

JBC will hold an executive committee meeting on June 30 by having the gym’s head Nobuaki Hiranaka, a former World Boxing Association super lightweight champion, and other persons concerned to further investigate the veracity of the case.

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