Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has congratulated Nigerian-born boxer, Anthony Joshua, for defeating his opponent Andy Ruiz Jr in World Heavyweight Boxing fight in Saudi Arabia on Dec.7.
In a statement signed and released by NIDCOM’s Head, Media and Public Relations, Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun on Sunday, Dabiri-Erewa said the win made the Nigerian-born boxer thus reclaiming his World Heavyweight titles.
She said the victory over the Mexican was not only a thing of pride to Nigerians, but to Africa as a whole.
“NIDCOM congratulates Joshua on the wonderful feat, for winning the tensed but historical fight.
“NIDCOM is truly proud of you, the commission wished you, to continue to use your professional prowess to extol the virtues of Nigerian heritage,
“Your shinning beacon serves as inspiration to the youth of Nigeria,” the commission’s CEO said.
She said Joshua’s victory was also a testimony to the fact that Nigerians were great people.
“Nigerians contribute in many ways to the development of the country and the continent as a whole.
“ NIDCOM notes with satisfaction that, in spite of the challenges being faced by Anthony in his career, he has remained determined, focused, stayed clear of criminality and depression,’’ she said
NIDCOM described Joshua as a two-time world heavyweight champion with unanimous points of 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 victory over Ruiz Jr in a tense rematch in Saudi Arabia.
According to her, Joshua cut his opponent in round one and dominated the fight throughout.
“Joshua, 30, was born in Watford to Yoruba parents from Southwest Nigeria and made his professional debut together in 2013,” she said.
Edited & Vetted By: Chioma Ugboma/Tukur Muntari.