Anambra Governorship Golden Belt Boxing Championship By Nerrius Chinyelugo

Boxing is a combat sports with two people, wearing protective gloves and throwing punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring.

Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of one to three minutes interval, called rounds. The result is determined when the opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee or the opponent is disqualified by breaking a rule, or resigns by throwing the towel, or is the opponent pronounced the winner or loser based on the judges’ scorecards at the end of the contest.
 In the event that both boxers gain equal scores of points from the judges, the fight is considered a draw. In Olympic boxing, due to the fact that a winner must be declared, in the case of a draw, the judges use technical criteria to choose the most deserving winner of the bout. Sometimes a boxer could knock-out his opponent before agreed number of rounds.
Anambra State is the home of sportsmen and women. We have produced world champions in both amateur and professional levels like the exploit of late Chief Michael Okpara (Power Mike) as a world heavy weight wrestling champion, pugilist Ngozika Ekwelum and late Kelvin Onwuka and others.  
In Igbo land, many people have gained prominence through sports. Thus, the Dr. Alpha Justice-led Anambra State Boxing Association has been blazing a trail in combat sports, especially in boxing. On March 9, 2014, the association, in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Awka, held the champion of the champions for the Golden Belt Tournament at the Justice Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium. On March 21, 2015 at the Otuocha Township Stadium, was held the second edition titled, All Comers Governor (Akpokuedike) Golden Belt Boxing Tournament.
This time, the championship titled, Anambra State Governorship Golden Belt Boxing Championship, will feature super heavy weight, heavy weight, light weight, middle weight and welter weight categories, as well as side attractions from kick boxing, Tae Kwando, Karate Judoka and Grass Root Boxers. The essence of this championship is to promote boxing and combat sports in general, as a veritable platform for the promotion of unity in  the State, empower the youths, develop talents and place Anambra as a leader in sports, especially boxing, as well as to export identified talents to the world.
The highlights of the occasion would be award presentations and presentation of manifestos by the Governorship candidates for the election in Anambra with policy frame work on wealth creation, especially on youths and sports development, Entrepreneurship, Education, Security, Trade and Commerce and Infrastructural development. This will be showcased in all the major national media houses in the country.
Against this backdrop, the Anambra State Boxing Association (ANSBA), in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth Entrepreneurship and Sports Development, is organizing a one-week Anambra State Governorship Golden Belt Championship, scheduled to hold from Saturday, November 11, 2017.
We therefore invite boxing lovers, public spirited individuals, organizations, Presidents-General, Traditional Rulers, Church and Market Leaders, school administrators and the general public to attend the championship holding at Dr Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka under the chairmanship of Chief J.I Ukeji. Governor Willie Obiano will be the Chief Guest of Honour, while Dr Uju Nwogu, Prince Arthur Eze and Mr. Peter Obi will be Special Guests of Honour.
Anambra Governorship Golden Belt Championship - a winner must emerge, be there!

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