Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has agreed to lead his top government officials to the UPWF World Wrestling Championship, tagged ‘Battle of Legends,’ which will hold at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island on December 6.
The Battle of Legends will, among other fights, feature a world heavyweight title defence involving title holder, Nigeria’s Osita Offor, also known as De Ultimate Commander, against United States’ Bobby Lashley.
Speaking while receiving De Ultimate Commander’s delegation in his office at the weekend, Fashola, who enjoined Nigerians to rally round the matsman in his quest to bring honours to the country, said he was thrilled that such a monumental event would hold in his state.
According to the governor, “I want to assure you that Lagos State will support you in whichever way possible because ours is a government that places much premium on its youth.”
Saying that he admires De Commander’s courage, Fashola urged him to train very hard to retain the title and add Nigeria’s badge on the world championship belt, while promising that Lagos would ensure that the event is the best wrestling championship ever held in this part of the world.
He also thanked the Battle of Legends’ promoter, Aghalieaku Arinze, for his efforts to ensure that the fight holds in Nigeria.
Earlier, De Commander had intimated Fashola on his plans for the fight, saying he was determined to prove to the world that Nigerian youths could stand in the same podium with others from the developed world if given the opportunity.