Boxing is Formalized Market of Violence – Oby Ezekwesili
Following the widespread interest that accompanied yesterday’s junior middleweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather of USA and Conor McGregor of Ireland, Oby Ezekwesili, former Nigerian Minister of Education, has described boxing as a formalized market of violence.
Shortly after that fight which was won by Mayweather, Mrs Ezekwesili took to her twitter account @obyzeks to express her dislike of boxing.
In the first of those tweets, she wrote: “Hopefully some of you did not watch @FloydMayweather make a mincemeat of @TheNotoriousMMA just so your wives will tremble @your new skills.”
Again, she wrote: “I can never understand how people pay money to watch 2 people beating each other mercilessly. I call it the formalized market of violence.”
Next, she tweeted: “I am a believer in choice so of course cannot decide what people choose to watch – boxing or wrestling but I am not at all a fan.”
She added another: “I also do not like the idea of children being inducted into fans of boxing or wrestling as they start early to practice on others.”
Furthermore, she wrote: “Violence is on the increase all around us – against children, girls, women & men. It is not a pretty sight @all. We should do more to end.”
The next tweet sought for research studies: “Would like to find any studies that link/correlate violent sports like Boxing or wrestling to Violence in society. Do you know of any?”
She submitted thus: “Anyway, this rant is to let you all know that there is a better group of people to ‘Pay to Watch’ now – our Tigresses of @NigeriaBasket!”
That last tweet referred to yesterday’s match between Nigeria’s Senior Women’s basketball team, D’Tigress against Senegal in the final of the 2017 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Afrobasket tournament in Mali. The Nigerian team beat Senegal 65-48 in that match.
Apparently, some Nigerians who kept vigil to watch the fight in Las Vegas, USA, did not show similar interest in the commendable exploits of Nigeria’s Senior Women basketball team in Mali.
Oby Ezekwesili whose full name is Obiageli Ezekwesili, is a leading member of “Bring Back Our Girls”, an advocacy group campaigning for the safe return of all the kidnapped Chibok girls.
- Cornelius Ellah