Boxing federation, ex-boxers rally support for ailing Okorodudu

VICE PRESIDENT, Nigeria Boxing Federation, Azania Omo-Agege, says the federation has began moves to raise funds for the treatment of former boxer Jerry Okorodudu, who recently suffered a stroke.

Okorodudu, who represented Nigeria at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, in a chat with The PUNCH on Monday, said he had been using local herbs for treatment for over a month, with the right side of his body feeling numb.

Last year, the boxing coach had surgery on a boil, and spent days in the hospital after he was unable to foot the medical bills, before the intervention of sports minister, Sunday Dare; NBF president, Lt Gen. Kenneth Minimah (retd.) and ex-boxers, sent money to his wife, Nike, to offset the bills.

Omo-Agege, who was recently elected as the NBF vice president, said steps had been taken to get financial assistance for the ailing former pugilist.

“Jerry Okorodudu is one of us, in the past, we’ve done a lot to make sure we take care of our ex-boxers,” Omo-Agege told The PUNCH.

“Okorodudu was one of our ex-coaches until it came to the time of retirement, which was just a few years back.

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“It is unfortunate that we find him in this situation where he’s having health issues. Recently on our platform, we set up a GoFundMe kind of initiative where we are raising funds for him right now to see what we can donate towards his medical expenses, and that is where we are now.”

National boxing head coach, Anthony Konyegwachie, added that ex-boxers in Nigeria and in the Diaspora have also made efforts to help Okorodudu in his time of need.

“We are looking into the situation, ex-boxers both at home and outside the country are already thinking of what can be done to help the situation at hand.”