By Onesmo Alfred McBride Ngowi.
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania: The former IBF Light Heavyweight Champion of the world, Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins has confessed his great LOVE for the African continent calling it "Motherland' and boasting a photo with South African revered Nelson Rohlasasa' Mandela also known as "Madiba"
Hopkins spoke to Onesmo Alfred Mcbride Ngowi who is the President of IBF Africa, Middle East & Persian Gulf and the Director of the London based Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC) when they met alongside the IBF/USBA Awarding Dinner Banquet Gala at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
The attached photographs showing the two great personalities exchanging pleasantries during the gala. Hopkins enthusiasm to fight in Africa can make it possible for the great battle between against the top boxers in the continent.
Bernard Hopkins was one of the great personalities that were awarded by the IBF/USBA at its 31st Awarding Dinner Gala at the Resorts Casino Hotel, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Other great boxers and personalities included Larry Holmes who was the first Heavyweight boxer in history to fight for the IBF world title belt in 1984.
Africa will be following the Bernard Hopkins Romancing with keen interests and a possible tournament in the "MOTHERLAND" would rejuvenate the boxing stocks for this great continent as a professional sport and help propel this great continent to the global stage.
Meanwhile, the IBF has asked its International Featherweight King, Oscar Chauke from South Africa to defend his title on/before August 28 as required by the IBF championship regulations.
According to the letter sent by Lindsey Tucker who is the IBF Championship Chairman to Oscar Chaukke’s manager/trainer Mannny Fernandez, the “IBF International Featherweight Champion Oscar Chauke beat former Champion Gottlieb Ndokosho on February 28, 2015 in a mandatory defense of the Title. Chauke must defend the Title within 6 months of August 28, 2015.”
The IBF Championship Czar emphasized that “As you know, there are no International Ratings. The IBF will accept an opponent with a good record. The IBF would prefer an opponent that is not coming off of a knockout loss. Under no circumstances will the IBF allow the Championship to remain idle for more than 6 months or after August 28, 2015.”
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