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Nigerian -London Based Boxer, Sherif Lawal dies after knocked out during professional boxing debut

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Sherif Lawal, a London-based boxer, died after collapsing in the ring during his professional debut on Sunday.

 

Lawal, 29, faced Malam Varela in the opening event of a four-fight show produced by Costakis Evangelou at Harrow Leisure Centre.

 

The fight was scheduled to last six rounds. Varela landed a right hand on Lawal’s temple in the fourth round, causing him to slump to the canvas.

 

Referee Lee Every began counting but noticed Lawal was in distress and promptly interrupted the match.

 

According to a BoxingScene insider at ringside, the fight was well contested until the end of the third round, when Lawal was startled by “a right hand over the jab that landed seconds before the bell sounded.”

 

“They both exchanged on the bell, and the referee, Lee Every, pulled them apart. Lawal then came out with a high guard to start the fourth; he looked fine. He took the right hand to the temple, and his back was to the ropes; he spanked around and then fell on his haunches.”

 

His trainer, CJ Hussein, cared for his ailing boxer as the British Boxing Board of Control’s ringside doctors and paramedics performed CPR for “10–15 minutes” before using a defibrillator for several minutes in the ring.

 

He was brought to the neighbouring Northwick Park hospital, where he was pronounced dead from a heart attack.

 

BoxingScene spoke with Robert Smith, the General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control.

 

“It’s a tragic incident, and we’re all in shock. We’re now in the process of gathering all the reports from the officials, doctors, and paramedics to attempt to ascertain exactly what happened.

 

“His boxing medicals were all in order, and we have a report from his GP stating he was fit and well. It’s an awful, tragic thing to happen.”

 

Sherif, of Islington, began boxing in 2018 and fought in the National Elite Championships last year before turning professional this year.

 

Hussein hailed Lawal “as a real inspiration to all the younger boxers in the gym,” according to the Camden New Journal at the time.

 

The British Boxing Board of Control issued a statement expressing its condolences to Sherif Lawal’s family following his tragic death.

 

“The thoughts of all those involved in boxing in Great Britain are with them at this difficult time.”

 

Warren Boxing Management, who handled Lawal, said, “We would like to send our condolences to all of Sherif’s family, friends, coaches, and all those close to him at this tragic time.”

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Beyond Limits Insists on NPFL Participation Despite Ownership Controversy

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Beyond Limits Football Academy has reaffirmed its qualification to play in the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) next season, despite controversy surrounding its ownership.

 

The club’s rapid promotion from the Nigeria National League (NNL) has raised eyebrows, particularly since its owner, Kunle Soname, also owns NPFL club Remo Stars.

 

The league’s legal framework prohibits an individual from holding significant interests in multiple NPFL clubs (Clause 5.0).

 

However, Beyond Limits’ media head, Dimeji Oshode, maintains that the club’s management is separate from Remo Stars’, despite shared ownership.

 

“Beyond Limits will definitely play in the NPFL next season,” Oshode stated. “We have different managements, with distinct CEOs for both clubs.”

 

The league management body has yet to comment on Beyond Limits’ promotion, which appears to contradict the league’s rules.

 

The situation raises questions about the club’s eligibility to participate in the NPFL.

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Senator Salisu Promises To Partner SWAN On National Sports Festival Success

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The Senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District, Senator Shuaib Afolabi Salisu has promised to partner the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Ogun State Chapter to ensure the success of forthcoming National Festival tagged ‘Gateway Games 2024″.

 

Senator Salisu gave the promise while addressing the sports journalists at the birthday ceremony of the Executive chairman of Obafemi Owode Local government, Hon. Adesina Ogunsola held in Abeokuta.

 

The lawmaker who described the partnership with Sports Writers as crucial to the overall development of sports in the country encouraged them to do everything within their power to ensure that the biennial event in Ogun State becomes a force to be reckoned with.

 

Salisu who underscores the importance of Sports as a tool for youths empowerment, maintained that the association must begin to create more awareness about the preparedness of the state government.

 

He, however, assured that, he would create a window of entertainment and engagement for the youths during the festival as the Senator representing Ogun Central.

 

“I’m going to do something with SWAN to see what we can do in central to support the National Sports Festival, but we must have a window in Ogun Central to see what we can do. I am promising you that, I’m going to partner with you to see what we can do with you. It is your pride that the NSF is successful, Salisu charges SWAN

 

“If there’s anything you believe I can do and also serve as an interface between you and the government of the state in order to make the event very memorable, please don’t hesitate.

 

“Because at the end of day for you as Sports writers as well, your pride will be that the best organized national sports festival takes place in our state, in a state where you are practicing your trade, so don’t let us wait for whatever the shortcomings to now begin to report and do analysis that we’re doing low levels, in fact, let us be proactive enough.

 

“In fact , if you have a position paper to say this is the position of Sports Writers of Nigeria on how to make the NSF a success, write it and let me have it, I promise to pass it across to the governor.”

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Germany Coach Julian Nagelsmann Backs Manuel Neuer Amid Goalkeeper Debate

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Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann has expressed his support for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, despite a recent blunder in the team’s final Euro 2024 tune-up match against Greece.

 

Neuer’s mistake allowed Greece to score the opening goal, but Germany went on to win 2-1.

 

Nagelsmann is standing by his decision to keep Neuer as the starting goalkeeper for the Euros, saying, “He has my trust. He’s made three world-class saves, which undoubtedly not everyone makes. It’s not an accumulation of mistakes.”

 

The media has been questioning Neuer’s form, with some calling for Marc-Andre ter Stegen to replace him. However, Nagelsmann is not concerned, saying, “I absolutely don’t care what is discussed in the media.”

 

Team-mates Maximilian Mittelstädt and Pascal Gross have also shown their support for Neuer, with Mittelstädt calling him “the backbone of the team” and Gross saying “I am thrilled how good he is.”

 

Despite the debate, Germany is looking to take momentum into the Euros, with captain Ilkay Gündogan saying, “We start the European Championships with a good feeling, but there is no team that you beat 4-0 or 5-0 anymore.”

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