Stories by Albert Akota
National Super Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Sgt. Obinna Onwumelu, said yesterday in Lagos that he was confident boxing would produce medals for the country at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Onwumelu said that the exposure gained at the ongoing national open camp has injected in the boxers the impetus to perform exceptionally at the highest levels.
The Commonwealth Games is scheduled to hold from July 23 to Aug. 3 in Glasgow, Scotland.
“The games will bring out the best in us and from the training we’ve had, one would conceive that boxing has huge medal prospect for Nigeria this time around.
“We have the tools to be champions and Nigeria will have gold medals in boxing at the Commonwealth Games. I am certain about that.
“The competition for a place at the Games has been stiff and it tells you how willing we are to represent our country and produce positive result,” he said.
Onwumelu said the boxers were gradually getting accustomed to the tactical shrewdness of Coaches Jerry Okorodudu and Adura Olalehin who was brought from the U.S. to help sharpen their skills.
According to Onwumelu, Olalehin is giving us the best training in camp and I believe he will take us to the next level in boxing.
“We are having the best training in the hands of the best trainers I believe this country has; Okorodudu and Olalehin have some wealth of experience.’’
Nigeria ranked 9th on the medals table at the last Commonwealth Games held in 2010 in Delhi, India.
The country won a total of 33 medals, winning 11 gold, eight silver and 14 bronze medals.