Evander Holyfield: Legendary five-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Evander Holyfield says he will feature in the most anticipated exhibition boxing match that will pit him against former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
According to a statement by Foluke Michael, the Project Manager of the fight, tagged “Rhumbles in Lagos’’, the match will hold on May 25 at the Eko Atlantic City and will be beamed Live to the world.
The top-bill charity-focused showbiz event is the first of its kind on the African continent, it said.
The statement said Tinubu, Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, would spar Evander Holyfield in the bout to be refereed by Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.
It noted that Tinubu in his endorsement of the BAT vs Holyfield bout, said: “I can’t wait to knock Evander down. I’m the real champion of the world!’’
The private sector-initiated event is designed as a contribution to the 50th anniversary celebration of the creation 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, River Blindness.
It will, especially focus on the plight of Africans living with Disabilities among others,’’ it said.
According to the statement, the event will donate five 40ft. containers of medical and relief materials worth over 2 million dollars to Lagos State Government and other neighbouring states.
It said that 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 statement said that the “Real Deal’’ Evander Holyfield was 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.
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