Despite maintaining his career record against Israel “Money Machine” Kammwamba of Malawi at the GOtv Boxing Night 12, Joseph ‘Joe Boy’ Oto has admitted that the victory against the Malawian was the toughest in his two-year professional career.
In a tightly-contested bout, Oto defeated Israel “Money Machine” Kammwamba of Malawi to make history as the first ever winner of the Commonwealth Africa lightweight title and also, emerged the second runner-up with N500,000 cash prize.
But the pugilist told Hotnewsnaija Online yesterday that the bout was not as easy as most fans witnessed it.
“I must tell you that it was the toughest bout of my career because my opponent was a very technically sound boxer. He never gave up easily as he was all over me throughout the encounter. I never really expected the bout to go all length because I thought I could easily knock him out early into the fight. But I have also realised that a good boxer should not just focus on knocking out his opponent but just focusing on fighting till the end. I have also learnt a lot from the fight because it got to a stage, I was a bit tired. I must also credit my coach for his support and motivation throughout the bout,” he said.
Oto who will be aiming for the Commonwealth title later in the year said he hopes to return to training next week in preparation for the bigger task in December. “I am going back to training from next week in readiness for the main Commonwealth title bout which I believe will be against a tougher opponent and for me I need to correct some of the mistakes I noticed in my last bout. I am going to be fully ready for the title fight in December,: Oto added.
He however, commended the management of WEO ALLSPORTS, who are the managing firm catering for the boxer alongisde Olaide Fijabi.