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Elizabeth Oshoba Makes History as First Nigerian Female Boxer to Clinch World Title

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In a groundbreaking achievement, Elizabeth Oshoba, the World Boxing Council silver featherweight champion, etched her name in history as the first female Nigerian boxer to secure a world title. Her monumental victory unfolded in Copenhagen, where she faced Italy’s Michela Braga, triumphing with a (6-0-1) record after ten rounds of intense boxing.

This significant win solidified Oshoba’s position as the WBC silver featherweight champion, extending her professional record to seven consecutive victories, including four career knockout wins. The 24-year-old delivered a spectacular performance, securing a knockout in round eight and ultimately dealing Braga her first professional defeat.

 

Expressing her elation, Oshoba stated, “Yes, of course, I feel on top of the world. I am very happy with this title; it is my first (world) title, but I am still focused, and I can’t wait to fight more world title fights and claim the main WBC belt.”

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Having previously won the silver medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Oshoba is setting her sights on even greater achievements. The Interim President of the Nigeria Boxing Federation, Azania Omo-Agege, commended Oshoba for her historic victory, emphasizing her status as one of Nigeria’s finest athletes.

“I am not surprised that Oshoba became a champion; she has always been one, and I have always regarded her as a champion too. I was very happy when I saw that she claimed the WBC silver title. She is one of our best athletes in Nigeria, and I wish her good luck for the future,” Omo-Agege remarked.

Oshoba’s recent triumph follows her November victory against Martina Righi, where she secured the IBO female super-featherweight title through a unanimous decision. Her success continues to elevate the profile of Nigerian boxing on the global stage.

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