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Yakubu Dogara To Fight Floyd Mayweather For Charity



Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, is scheduled to fight world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a charity boxing match this month.

The American professional boxer and boss of The Money Team (TMT) will be visiting Nigeria on June 12 in what has been termed a ‘historic visit’.

According to the organisers of the visit, Zzini Media Concept, Floyd Mayweather will be on an African tour, and as part of the activities lined up for his visit will be involved in a charity bout with the Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara on the 14th of June at the Transcorp Hotel.

Speaking to pressmen in Lagos on Monday, Donatus Okonkwo who is the chairman of Tettrazzini Group of Companies, the parent company for Zzini Media said:

“Floyd is coming to sub Saharan Africa for the first time and he is starting in Nigeria.

“He would arrive on the 12th of June barely eight days from today, he would be around for four days and three nights.”

During his stay in Nigeria, the boxing icon is expected to visit Lagos, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Abuja where he will meet with members of the executive and legislative arm.

“We are happy to tell you that Mayweather will be engaging Dogara in a charity bout to be staged in Abuja,” the lead promoter for the Mayweather visit revealed. He added that the Speaker has already given assurances that he would be present for the bout given that it is a charitable event.

Mayweather and his team of at least 18 people are also expected to visit Ghana and Liberia in continuation of his African tour.

In a Press Conference leading to his visit to Nigeria earlier this month, Floyd Mayweather explained his reasons for embarking on the tour saying:

“Firstly, I will like to say thank you all for this opportunity to be here. Africa is our motherland and Nigeria our root.

“We decided to visit Africa and Nigeria, first to support our brother and friend, Prince. He told me a lot about the good plans he has for Nigeria and for his state Anambra.

“He’s a good man and he’s got a good heart, so this is part of the reason I decided to support him and come down here myself. We will be visiting some states around the country, have the opportunity to start by looking at possible areas of investment because Africa and Nigeria have got so many potentials.

“We’ll look at potential young people to support their businesses. We’ll meet with businessmen and women and see how we can collaborate and support their business, encourage them on how to get things done right and easier.

“You may know that apart from being a great sportsman which is part of my greatest achievement, I have also had the opportunity of investing in a lot of business around the world and Nigeria has become one of them, so we want to help lots of people achieve their dreams.

“We see how the Federal Government of Nigeria is trying to grow the economy and we will meet with them to also see how we can help and support.

“I always do support a lot of charity work and we will also look at some of them here. We will like to visit, support and encourage some of the returned Chibok girls, (from the Bring back our girls’ campaign which the whole world couldn’t stop talking about).

“We will visit the IDP camp to show support and love to them because they deserve it. We will be having a charity fight in Abuja and proceeds from that will go to some charity organization in Nigeria to also show our support.”

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