Boxing: Governor Abiodun hails Joshua’s victory over Franklin

The Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun has hailed the Nigerian-born British heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua, over his victory in a boxing bout on Saturday between him and his opponent Jermaine Franklin.

Penpushing reports that Abiodun in a congratulatory statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin on Sunday described the victory of the Ogun State born and former international boxing champion as a great comeback and heart-warming.

The Governor pointed out that Joshua, with his latest feat, had made Nigeria and Ogun proud once again, adding that he (Joshua) did not allow his past defeat to dampen his spirit, rather, he rose from the setback and proved to the world that the champion in him never died.

Penpushing further reports that Abiodun called on Joshua to use his latest triumph in the ring as a spring for a superb comeback, and urged him not to relent, but continue to work hard in order to regain his pride of place in the world of boxing.

The Governor stated that the heavyweight boxer is a shining star of the state and great model to the youth, adding his administration would continue to put in place world-class sports facilities to ensure more Joshuas evolved from Ogun.

Penpushing also reports that Abiodun in the congratulatory message assured him that his administration would continue to support Joshua in his endeavour to dominate the boxing world once again.

The Governor expressed optimism that the feats recorded by Joshua at the international level would continue to inspire many upcoming professionals, particularly sportsmen and women, not to be discouraged by temporary defeats and setbacks.

Penpushing reports that Abiodun charged the boxing champion to continue to be a worthy ambassador of the country in general and Ogun in particular, to the teeming youths and upcoming boxers who look up to him for inspiration.

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