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Nigerian striker and boyhood Manchester United fan, Odion Ighalo has said that he agreed to take a pay cut to ensure that his move to the Premier League club went through on transfer deadline day.

United made a surprise swoop for Ighalo before the window shut on Jan. 31, signing the 30-year-old on loan until the end of the season from Shanghai Shenhua after failing to land their prime January target, Norwegian Erling Haaland.

Ighalo, who scored 16 goals in 35 games for Nigeria before retiring from international football after winning the Golden Boot at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, was at Watford before moving to China but said that joining United was a dream come true.

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“It was very dramatic,” he told the United website here “My agent called me the day before and said Man United and a few other clubs had shown interest, I said: ‘Please, just pick United, if it’s going to be possible”.

“At 11 p.m. in Shanghai, my agent called me (to say) that United want to do the deal… I didn’t sleep throughout that night”.

“There was paperwork, negotiating and all that … So, we are talking and other teams are calling them, wanting me, but I told my agent that this is what I want. I want to come here”.

“He said: ‘You’re going to get a pay cut to go to United’. I said I don’t care. Make this deal happen. I want to go to United. I don’t care how much is the pay cut… make it happen.”

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Ighalo added that he had supported United since his youth and that his mother burst into tears when she heard the news.

“I called my mum and she was happy, crying, ‘This is your dream and I’m happy for you’,” he said. “It was dramatic. I was very happy that finally we got the deal done.”

United, who only had Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial as striking options prior to signing Ighalo due Marcus Rashford’s back injury, are seventh in the league table, six points behind the final Champions League qualifying place.

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Ex International Boxer Applauds AIBA For New Innovation In Boxing

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Nigerian Ex International boxer Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo applauds the latest innovation and Creativity from International Boxing Association (AIBA) leadership and it’s Committee for allocation of Two Million Six Hundred Thousand US Dollars($2.6 Million USD) about Two billion Naira (N2billon) as prize money for men’s World Boxing Championship in Belgrade coming up on the ending of November 2021.

Ex International Boxer Applauds AIBA For New Innovation In Boxing

About 56 Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winning youths will collect Gold (1ST POSITION) – 100, 000 USD, Silver (2ND POSITION) – 50, 000 USD and Bronze (3RD POSITION – 25, 000 USD).

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Ex International Boxer Applauds AIBA For New Innovation In Boxing

Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo who is also Abia State Sports Ambassador (Boxing) said the new money incentive in the Former Amateur Association will create huge human capacity building and practical youth empowerment.

Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo the grass root Talent hunt expert encourages the Minister of youth and Sports development Mr Sunday Dare to strive harder in grass root Boxing Development.

Mazi comr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo also call on State Governors to nominate Sports professional, Sports Journalist and good business administrators with Passion in human capacity building for the position of youth and Sports development at State level so as to achieve the desired result.

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Use Grassroot Hunt To Curb Insecurity In Nigeria – Ex International Boxer Urges Buhari

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Regarding the information reaching the desk of the Ex international boxer in Enugu, Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo will not contest for National Federation election scheduled by 30th September 2021.

According to Mazi Comr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo the Vateran grass root Boxing Talent hunt expert stated in Enugu that Federal Government have not deem it proper to address the circumstances around Monday’s Sit at Home in the whole South East State for the interest of peace and Unity which have created Internal crisis in various State of the south east, wherein life and properties are being wasted on every sit at home days.

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Mazi comr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo said that South East Governors knew very well the danger in the sit at home and what the people wanted but refuses to address the case with honesty on purpose rather Some of our Governor decided to be chasing the winds.

The people from South East is complaining of corruption, looting and injustice against them which is regrettable.

President Buhari GCFR should use grassroot tools to understand the mind of the people at the Grassroot with a view to bringing lasting peace and Unity toward moving the Nation forward.

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Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

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Part of Nigeria Boxing Competitions records

Nigeria boxing

Nigeria Boxing Federation has participated and as conducted various events relating to boxing within the country and at international levels.
Some of the events include:

All Africa Games, Nigeria
Commonwealth Games, Nigeria
National Open Boxing Champion, Nigeria
Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil And
Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia among others.
Nigeria boxer

Some of the Nigerian Boxers Achievement

1966 Fatai Ayinla won a gold medal in a boxing competition, Lagos

1968 In boxing, Lako won a gold medal in the 54kg class

1970 A. Adeyemi, Lightweight, Commonwealth Games, Boxing

1973 In boxing, Obisia Nwakpa, Isaac Ikhouria and Fatai Ayinla won gold medals each in boxing in Lagos

1974 In boxing, Eddie Ndukwu and Isaac Ikhouria won gold medals each in Kampala.

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In boxing, Fatai Ayinla won a bronze medal in the +91kg at the 1st World Championship in Havana, Cuba.

1990 David Defiagbon, Welterweight, Commonwealth Games, Boxing (gold medal)

Sabo Mohammed, Bantamweight, Commonwealth Games, Boxing (gold medal)

Also in boxing, Kevin Onwuka won a bronze medal in Auckland, New Zealand.

Moses James won a bronze medal in the 63.5kg class in Sydney

1991 In boxing, Moses James (63.5kg), Jacklord Jacobs (81kg), David Izonritei (91kg) and

Richard Igbineghu (+91kg) won gold medals each including a silver medal by Tajudeen Sabitu (67kg) and a bronze medal by David Defiagbon (71kg) in Cairo

Nigeria finished 10th in the Women World cup.

1992 Nigeria won two silver medals in boxing in the Olympics through David Izonritei (91 kg) and Richard Igbineghu (+91kg) in Barcelona.

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Open National Boxing Championship at indoor Sports Hall National Stadium Surulere Lagos..
Ikechukwu Okoronkwo from Abia State won Gold medal in Light weight ( 57- 60kg) class

2nd President Ibrahim Babangida International Boxing Tournament. hosted by Nigeria at Lagos

Friday Felix won Gold medal in Light fly weight ( 48kg)

Kabiru izobo won Gold medal in bantam weight( 51to 54 kg )

Godwin Osagie won Gold medal in Light weight class ( 57 to 60 kg)

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo won Gold medal for Nigeria in Light Welter weight category ( 60-63.5 KG)

Babatunde Alimi won Gold in middle weight

Friday Ahunanya won Gold medal in Light heavy weight.

Innocents Otukwu won Gold in heavy weight

Ikemefula Ibeabuchi won Gold medal in + 91KG Super heavy weight,

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IBB International Tournament
Anthony Konyegwachie Silver medal light .weight

1994 In boxing, Duncan Dokiwari won a gold medal in the +91kg class, Rasmus Ojemaye (75kg) and Eromosele Albert (67kg) won silver medals each in Victoria Canada.

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1995 In boxing, Duncan Dokiwari (+91kg) won a gold medal, Kehinde Aweda (54kg) won a silver medal, Daniel Attah (57kg) and Friday Ahunanya (91kg) won a bronze medal each in Harare.

1996 Duncan Dokiwari (+91kg) won a bronze medal in Atlanta in boxing.

1999 In boxing, Segun Ajose won a gold medal, Jegbefu Albert and Eromosele Albert won silver medals each in South Africa

Samuel Peters Gold medal heavy weight

Samuel Peters WBC Heavy weight champion

Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

IBB International Boxing Tournament Nigeria Boxing Light welter Weight Gold medal Ikechukwu Okoronkwo in Photo speaks picture with National coach Samson Aresola

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Team South Africa Boxing 1992 IBB International Boxing Tournament Lagos

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

1992 IBB International Boxing Tournament at Lagos.Ikechukwu Okoronkwo Gold medalist and International Boxing Federation (AIBA) Official.

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

1992 Second IBB International Boxing Tournament at Lagos Ikechukwu Okoronkwo of Nigeria with his openent from Benin Republic that he defeated to become the champion

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

The event of this month celebration. The Gold medal won for Nigeria by Ikechukwu Okoronkwo on light weight Weight Boxing Category (60- 63.5kg) class after beating boxer from Benin republic at indoor Sports Hall National Stadium Surulere Lagos on 20 September 1992 during President IBB International Boxing Tournament for world peace

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Certificate Ikechukwu Okoronkwo boxing for Nigeria and Participation in World youth Games at Montreal Canada on Sept/October 1992.. Ikechukwu Okoronkwo beat Algerian boxer to qualified for quarter Finals but lost on 1 point decision to Germany boxer in the Boxing championship

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Team Benin republic Boxing 1992

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo won Gold medal for Abia State after defeating The former National Champion Raymond Nzebude that came back from Cuba to became the Light weight ( 60kg) National Boxing Champion on 2nd May 1992..The record that made Ikechukwu Okoronkwo the first sports man to had won Gold medal for Abia State which was created out of Imo State on 30th August 1991 making Ogbonnaya onu administration to be the first Governor honour Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo of Nigeria with his boxing manager in London

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

IBB International Boxing Tournament Ikechukwu Okoronkwo in the blue corner. ( Blocking punch)

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Ikechukwu Okoronkwo in the red corner

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo

Ikechukwu Okoronkwo with his Rapton Boxing Club member at London

Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

1993 third edition of IBB International Boxing Tournament Ikechukwu Okoronkwo of Nigeria won Silver Medal in Welter Weight Boxing Category ( 63 .5 to 67kg) class.

Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

2nd IBB International Boxing Tournament Gold medal won by Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo on 20th September 1992 for Nigeria

Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

Ex International Boxer, Mazi Okoronkwo, Records And Achievements In Boxing

This is Mazi Comr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo evidence of fighting for Nigeria at World Youth Games ( under19) Boxing at Montreal Canada on Sept/October 1992 .The team was sponsored by Nigeria Government and all Allowances duly paid but no reception was given to any member of the team but little clear pictures and very clear certificate speak for the event .

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