Nigerian female boxer, Adijat Gbadamosi, has expressed her excitement at becoming the first Nigerian female boxer to claim the African Boxing Union super-bantamweight title, Sunday PUNCH reports.
Gbadamosi knocked out Zimbabwean Patience Mastara in the fifth round of the 10-round bout at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana to clinch the formerly vacant belt.
Mastara was taken out of the ring on a stretcher following the knockout she received from Gbadamosi during the co-main event at the ‘King of the Ring 3’.
The 21-year-old told Sunday PUNCH that she had faced some challenges from her opponent earlier on in the bout but following advice from her corner, she got more aggressive.
“I feel okay now because I am happy with the result but the fight was hard for me because my opponent was very tough to read,” she said.
“In the first and second round when I got back to my corner side, my coach told me to change the way I was fighting her if I wanted to stop her and get the belt and I took to his advice. I changed the way I fought her from the third round, I put more energy into the fight and I was able to gain the knockout,” Gbadamosi told Sunday PUNCH.
The two-time Africa Youth Champion, who now has an unbeaten record of eight victories and five KOs, was excited to get the title.
“I feel great and happy that I have now become the new super-bantamweight champion and the first Nigeria female boxer to get the title. I did not have any doubts that I could defeat her and I proved it with the knockout,” she said.
An example of sportsmanship, Gbadamosi went to check on her opponent after the fight who was stretchered out and found out from the coach that she was awake and recovering well from the blow.
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