Ibadan boxing champion Akeem “Dodo” Sadiku passed on today at the age of 37 in the University College Hospital (UCH), Afrique Boxing Promotion (COABOX) announced the death.
According to CEO of COABOX, Olusola Ayodele, the boxer had a successful surgery on Friday and was returned to the Intensive Care Unit of UCH where he was recuperating, only to develop complications over night and gave up the ghost Saturday morning.
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Sadiku who defeated George Amuzu from Côte D’Ivoire in a continental boxing challenge bout held at Ilaji Resort on December 27th on knockout has a good professional boxing record consisting of 11 total fights, with 9 Wins (7 by Knockout), 1 Loss and 1 Draw.
Mourning the super welterweight fighter, President Nigeria Boxing Board of Control, NBBofC, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo said, “We have lost one of our finest boxers, I can remember how he won his last fight by knockout on the 27th December at Ilaji Resort, and never look sick, I pray God to grant him eternal rest. NBBofC will have a meeting tomorrow from where we will know what to do to support his family”.
Also mourning the late boxer was the Secretary General of NBBofC, Remi Aboderin, “We’re trusting God will be with the family he left, as we don’t pray for our boxers to leave untimely like this again”.
The Chairman of Oyo chapter of NBBofC, Hon. Opaleye Gbenga said, “I am struggling to take his corpse from UHC for burial today according to Islamic rite. We did everything humanly possible to save his life immediately he developed the complications and was taken to UCH but we eventually lost him this morning”.