France-based Nigerian professional boxer, Michael Akinde (3W,3L 2D) has taken a swipe at the Nigeria Boxing Federation, NBF for not keeping boxing records of amateur boxers in the country.
Akinde, who fights in the Super middle weight category in an exclusive chat with our correspondent from his base, said it is a pity that amateur boxers in Nigeria who step into the ring, don’t get paid good money, yet their fight records are not kept by the NBF, the Federation saddled with the responsibility of keeping records.
He made this assertion, when asked about the number of fights he had during his days as an amateur, ‘I can’t say because the Nigeria Boxing Federation don’t have data base, I guess I had about 70 amateur fights, 63 wins and 7 losses.”
On why he became a pugilist, Akinde disclosed that he never thought of becoming a boxer but it was by sheer providence, ‘I never dreamt of becoming a boxer, it’s my elder brother who was boxer, I usually went to the local boxing gymnasium to see him train, suddenly I became a friend with his coach and gradually he started teaching me how to box in his house not at the gym suddenly I started developing interest that’s how I started boxing.”
The orthodox boxer, who started boxing in 1999 expressed dissatisfaction at the state of boxing facilities in the country but admitted that Nigeria is blessed with talented boxers scattered all over the world.
According to him “I started boxing in a local gymnasium somewhere in Lagos, I call it local because we didn’t have a boxing ring, no tooth guards and even the punching bags was filled with sand, so how do you expect us to measure up with boxers from other countries.”
To Akinde, his decision to turn pro is because he saw no future for himself in the amateur cadre. He stated further that he would have loved to represent France in the amateur cadre but he was denied the opportunity.
Meanwhile, Akinde will on 28 April 2017 step into the ring for his ninth professional fight against a yet to be named opponent, while on 8 July 2017 he would square with Chris Blaney in Clondalkin, Ireland.