Durodola eyes WBC World Cruiserweight title
Nigerian boxer Olanrewaju “Gods Power” Durodola is determined to clinch the WBC Cruiserweight title later in the year and show to the world the giant steps boxing have grown in the country.
Speaking to SportingLife, Olanrewaju said he is aware that Nigerians are anxiously waiting for a world title in boxing since Samuel Peters last won one in 2008 in the heavyweight division.
He said: “I know boxing fans in Nigeria are anxious because none of our professional boxers yet to win a world boxing title in any weight class since Samuel Peters won the heavyweight title in March, 2008, and this spurns me on to be the best in my weight class.
“This is my target for the year and I know I am going to deliver to the nation the cruiserweight title. I will win the world title for Nigerians.”
Durodola, 35 who last November, shocked the boxing world by defeating crowd favorite Dmitry Kudryashov with a second round TKO in Kazan, Russia to win the vacant WBC Silver cruiserweight title and become the number one contender for a showdown with world Cruiserweight champion Grigory Drozd.
“I’ve waited a long time for a chance like this and I believe I will shock the world as I did to the Russians by beating Kudryashov, who was regarded as one of the best in world until he met God’s Power,” he said.
The Inspector with the Nigerian Police Force was recently cleared of any wrongdoing by the World Anti-Doping Administration (WADA) after independent testings. He was accused by the Russian Anti-Doping Administration’s (RUSADA) of failing drug but believes that his exoneration will only spurn him to the top in boxing.
“The accusations by the Russians did not hurt me one bit. They underestimated the boxers that represented Nigeria in Russia that night and felt the only way I would have defeated their golden boy was by cheating.
“I was confident that the world anti-doping body will find me innocent because I have always been a clean fighter and I am representing Nigeria and the Nigerian Police at the world stage.
“Boxing in Nigeria, amateur and professional, has made giant strides these last few years and I want to contribute my own quota to the success of boxing.
“I would not want to disgrace myself, the police and the country as a whole by doping after overcoming all the obstacles thrown my way in my journey to the top,” he concluded.
Olarenwaju, who also holds the WBC Continental Americas cruiserweight and World Boxing Council-African Boxing Union (WBC-ABU) cruiserweight title, is currently ranked second in the WBC world rankings with a professional record of 22 wins, 20 K0s and two losses.