Evander Holyfield
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with the former Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Evander Holyfield (middle); CEO, ACI Entertainment, Mr. Wole Adeniyi (2nd left); CEO, Bishop Entertainment Consult, Atlanta Georgia, USA, Mr. Bshop Adejube (left) and Manager, Rumble, Funke Michael (right) during the courtesy visit by the former heavyweight boxing champion at the Lagos State House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

The presence of the energetic and focus five-time world cruiserweight and heavyweight boxing champion, Evander Holyfield, one of the greatest living boxer of all times witnessed mass welcome and reception of the youths and political, business and social tycoons in Lagos, Nigeria today Wednesday 24 May, 2017.

The achievement of the living greatest boxer could not be hidden as the Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, said he was personally proud of the achievements of the legend in the boxing field, and described him as a great role model worth emulating by the Nigeria youths.

The Governor further quoted as follows:

“This is exciting and historic moment for us coming at a time Lagos is celebrating the 50 years of its establishment and we want to say a big thank you to Holyfield for collaborating with us to put this as part of events marking the Golden Jubilee anniversary of Lagos State.

 “We believe strongly that in all sectors that we have tried to celebrate Lagos, this is one momentous topic that we really mean to celebrate. As a government, we have always wanted to use sports as a way of driving our economy and there is no way we can showcase sports as the catalyst for economic growth than bringing somebody who is a champion; a revered person and for him to use his God given talent and resources to promote sports in our State”.

“I love the concept that you want to pay back and that is the essence of leadership which is to be able to touch humanity. There are very many people that go away from their stardom and not pay back and so many champions have not been able to do anything after leaving the ring but Holyfield stand as an exception.

 “On the other side, boxing should now be in the front burner of sports in Nigeria especially now that a Nigerian, Anthony Joshua recently won as the unified world heavyweight champion.

“Lagos has the largest concentration of the black people in the world and we just believe that Lagos should be well projected the visit by the boxing legend is also to promote the brand called Lagos.”

Earlier, Evander Holyfield gave remarkable inspiring statement to the Nigeria youths by disclosing that he was in Nigeria to give back to the society having achieved so much in life especially in boxing.

The vibrant Evander Holyfield further quoted as follows:

“I became the person I am because I listened, I followed direction and I did not quit even when I lost. In giving back to the society, I am here to say I got a Real Deal Promotion. We are looking for young fighters who want to listen and follow instruction.

 “This is about giving back to the society. I want kids to learn from me how I became four times heavyweight champion.”

His coming to Nigeria was on the basis of boxing exhibition entertainment which was part of activities marking the Golden Jubilee anniversary of Lagos State creation in Nigeria.

boxing ring
Boxing Ring

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