National featherweight champion, Taiwo Agbaje, has lamented the poor state of boxing facilities in Nigeria. The young boxer recently left the country after securing a deal with a UK-based outfit.
In an interview with Punch, Agbaje revealed that there is a massive difference between the training facilities in Nigeria and England. He disclosed that the poor state of facilities in the country is preventing boxers from reaching their full potential.
“Since I moved to England, I can tell the huge difference in terms of the training facilities. Unfortunately, many talents are dying in Nigeria because of a lack of exposure and the opportunity to train with the best facilities.
He continued by stating the difference between the facilities he uses to practice in Nigeria and the ones – he is using in England.
“When I was in Nigeria, the facilities I trained with were nothing compared to the ones here (England). I feel so sad; if we have these kinds of facilities in Nigeria, we should be producing the best in the world because we have the talents.”
However, he disclosed that he has spoken with his manager to build a world-class gym in Nigeria.
“It is out of this frustration that I spoke with my manager, who is the owner of Elite gym in the UK. And he has agreed to come to Nigeria to build a world-class gym after I told him about the talents in the country who had no facilities to help develop them.”
Agbaje is the winner of the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy – for the best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 20.