Legendary five-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Evander Holyfield will in May feature in one of the most anticipated exhibition boxing matches in Nigeria when he enters the ring against former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT), reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to a statement by Foluke Michael, the Project Manager of the fight, tagged “Rumbles in Lagos,’’ the fight will hold on May 25 at the Eko Atlantic City and will be beamed live to the world. Holyfield is 54, while Tinubu is 65.
The charity event is the first of its kind on the African continent, she said, adding that Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka will be the celebrity referee. Tinubu in his endorsement of the BAT versus Holyfield bout, said: “I can’t wait to knock Evander down. I am the real champion of the world.’’
The private sector-initiated event is designed as a contribution to the 50th anniversary celebration of Lagos State under the ongoing project, Lagos @50, chaired by Soyinka.
“Significantly, it is aimed at bringing world attention to some health-related issues in Africa, and will focus on cases such as Autism in Children, Breast Cancer, Mental Illness and HIV/AIDS and River Blindness.
Foluke said it would also especially focus on the plight of Africans living with disabilities among others.
The event will donate five 40 feet containers of medical and relief materials worth over $2 million dollars to Lagos State Government and other neighbouring states, she said, adding, part of the proceeds from the event would benefit not-for-profit organisations and agencies in Lagos which cater to, and were engaged in research programmes aimed at eradicating these medical conditions.
The “Real Deal’’ Evander Holyfield is billed to arrive in Lagos in May, and he would engage children and youths in the course of his visit. The charity fight is promoted by ACI Entertainment and Bishop Entertainment Consult based in Atlanta, Georgia.