Youths urge Joshua to build gym in Sagamu

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youths in  Sagamu in Ogun State have called for the new world heavyweight champion  Anthony Joshua to build a gymnasium in the town.

The British-born Nigerian boxer’s 11th-round stoppage of  veteran Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko at  Wembley on Saturday stirred up emotions in Sagamu, where  his  parents  come from.

Ever since then,  Joshua’s feat has been a constant subject of discussion in Sagamu, with boxing now a very  popular   sport in the town in the spotlight.

Speaking  with our correspondent, who visited the town on Wednesday, the Public Relations Officer of the  Sagamu Youth Congress  Oso Ayodele said youths in the town were in dire need of a gymnasium to boost boxing in the area.

He   said the youths  in the town love sports and would be glad if Joshua  could help them develop the land meant for a gymnasium  in the town.

“We have a boxing tournament we  hold every year, but we don’t have a boxing gym,” Ayodele, who spoke on behalf of the youths in the town, said.

“We will be happy if Anthony Joshua can help us build a boxing gym. We have two plots of land lying idle at the Sagamu Civic Centre.”

Members of the world champion’s family in  Sagamu  also urged him to build a gymnasium in the town.

His uncle Adedamola Joshua, who spoke on behalf of the family on Wednesday, said they were not interested in the £15m he pocketed for winning the fight. But he urged  the boxer to build a boxing gymnasium  to discover more Anthony Joshuas from the town.

He also said  the 27-year-old should set up a branch of  his sportswear company  in Sagamu.

Adedamola said, “Concerning your good question  as to whether we are expecting a portion from the prize money won by our son, I will say that we are not expecting that.

“The family is comfortable, we have landed property that fetch us rent. All we want from him is for him to bring the franchise of his company to Nigeria, specifically to Sagamu.

“We learnt that he owns a sportswear cloth line, the sportswear he uses are from his company. So, bring it to Sagamu, and this will create employment for the youths.

“Again, as a boxer, he should establish a boxing gym here also to get the youths of this town positively engaged.”

He said it would not be out of place for the Federal Government to consider  the boxer for the National Merit Award among others honours.

Adedamola said, “We do not want to dictate to the federal or the state governments on what specific things they should do to honour our son.”

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