MY STORY

Background

 

I was born (11 October 1993) and raised in Peckham, South East London and I am the fifth born of six children. My parents were both born in Nigeria and moved to London in the 1980s, I am extremely proud of my Nigerian roots and honoured to represent the nation. Aged 15, having been excluded from school about eighteen times and on the verge of being permanently expelled due to anger management issues,

I decided to take up Boxing in 2009 after it was recommended to me by a friend who said it would be a great way to channel my energy positively and basically keep me out trouble. I quickly fell in love with the sport, and I truly believe that God led to me Boxing which ultimately saved my life. The sport has taught me so much, the biggest lesson being self-discipline, it’s positively shaped my character and made me a better person. So Boxing really went from a hobby, to a passion and now it’s a lifestyle for me.

Growing up, my family instilled in me and my siblings the importance of Education so I would go on to finish my GCSE’s and A-Levels before being able to actively compete as an amateur. So, it would be four years before I would have my first competitive amateur bout in 2013 aged 19 in Nottingham.

Amateur Career

 

As amateur, despite having to overcome various injuries and setbacks which resulted in missing a lot of bouts, I won two National titles. I was then selected to train with the England Boxing squad in early 2016 after receiving positive feedback from the England coaches after attending an open talent day. I then decided to reach out to the Nigerian Boxing Committee in early 2015, stating my intention to represent them at the 2015 All-African Games. This led to me officially being called up to the national squad in 2016, to attend a selection camp for Rio Olympics African Qualification tournament. Unfortunately, I regrettably would later pass on this opportunity due to only recovering from an injury at the time so I would not have been in the physical condition to give the best account of myself.

 

After a frustrating period of two years consisting of injuries and cancelled bouts, I had become disillusioned and uninterested in Amateur Boxing and had my sights set on the Pro ranks, but I still felt relatively unfulfilled as an Amateur by my own expectations. I had initially aimed to have at least 50-60 amateur bouts before turning professional, but I believe that was not the path God wanted for me. I ended only having 19 amateur bouts and would eventually turn Professional in 2017, believing that my fighting style was better suited to the pro ranks.

Personal Life

 

I am a proud father, husband and devout Christian who regularly attends church. I was ordained as a Youth Pastor at God’s Vineyard Church, Nottingham in March 2018. This would birth the nickname ‘The Punching Preacher’ given to me by my manager Jimmy Gill. My faith is very important to me as I believe that without God, I would not be the person that I am today and most importantly, I would not be Boxing.

I am extremely passionate about working with young people and empowering them to maximise their potential. I regularly engage in various elements of youth work through an organisation I started called ‘Aspire’ which aims to inspire young people to achieve.

I originally moved to Nottingham to attend University in which I gained a degree in Business Management and a Masters in Sports Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. This great city is where I would meet my wife, also from London and we would both decide to permanently reside in Nottingham, where my first son was born.