UAE based Nigerian boxer open to representing Nigeria in 2020 Olympics
Post created on October 18, 2019
A Nigerian boxer, Israel Easy, says, in an interview with Crown FM that he is open to representing Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics should he be called upon.
Israel Easy – who also goes by the nickname “Ogbanje” – is a Professional boxer who currently resides in the United Arab Emirates.
He holds a professional record of 14 wins with 12 knockouts and one loss in the light heavyweight division.
He revealed in an interview with Crown FM that he started his boxing career as a very young secondary school student and finally left the shores of the country to pursue and advance his career in boxing.
He also talked about the difficulty he faced in the early stages of his career as he could not get a sponsor who was willing to invest in him but that did not deter him from getting to the position he is today.
When asked if he ever represented the country in any boxing event, he said he had attempted to represent Nigeria in boxing competitions around the world but was only able to do so when he defeated Jane Ayew in Ghana.
He also revealed how he was not able to get to South Africa on time for a boxing tournament due to financial restraints. He added that when he fought in Egypt he did that on his own account, though the people knew he was a Nigerian.
Asked further if he had ever nursed the idea of representing Nigeria in the Olympics since pro boxers are now allowed to box in the Olympics. In response, he said he had attempted to represent Nigeria in the Sydney Olympics in 2000 but his efforts were frustrated after he was asked for an amount he said he could not afford at the time after defeating everyone put in his path during the trials.
He, however, said he was open to representing Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics should he be called upon.
He finally concluded by advising young boxers to remain focused and not relent in the race to advance their careers.
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW BELOW