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Ogun Gov Charges AJ To Spring Superb Comeback 

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

THE Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has hailed Nigerian-born British heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua, for out-punching Jermaine Franklin, in a bout on Saturday.

He, however, urged the Sagamu-born former heavyweight champion to use the Saturday victory as a springboard to winning ways.

The governor described the victory of Joshua as a great comeback and heartwarming, noting that Joshua, with his latest feat, has made Nigeria and Ogun proud, once again.

In a statement on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, the governor pointed out that Joshua did not allow his past defeats to dampen his spirit, rather, he rose from the setback and proved to the world that the champion in him is still alive.

He called on Joshua to use his latest triumph in the ring as a spring for a superb comeback, urging him not to relent, but continue to work hard in order to regain his pride of place in the world of boxing.

He described the heavyweight boxer as a shinning star of the state and great model to the youth.

The governor, however, expressed optimism that feats recorded by Joshua at the international level will continue to inspire many upcoming professionals, particularly sportsmen and women, not to be discouraged by temporary defeats and setbacks.

While wishing him a bright future and a fulfilling career in boxing, Abiodun charged him to continue to be a worthy ambassador of the country in general and Ogun in particular, to the teeming youths and upcoming boxers who look up to him for inspiration.

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