NIGERIAN WHEELCHAIR BOXER TAKES ON ABLE-BODIED FIGHTERS

NIGERIAN WHEELCHAIR BOXER TAKES ON ABLE-BODIED FIGHTERS

A South African-based Nigerian and aspiring wheelchair boxer Adesanya “Tony Torch” Adebayo did not allow disability to determine his destination.

The 39 year-old pugilist is a living testimony that wheelchair-bound have dreams and they can achieve them.

Adebayo was meant to be participate on a wheelchair boxing exhibition bout at Southern Giant All Africa Stars event Turffontein Racecourse on 9 November. Due to the lack of opponents he showcased his talent against able-bodied boxer.

According to him, he has been getting a positive feedback from able-bodied athletes when they saw him sweating and grinding at gym and that challenges them push beyond their limits because when I train I work twice as hard as them.

Adesanya “Tony Torch” Adebayo is a Wheelchair boxer.

Adebayo has been on wheelchair and crutches since he contracted polio at the age of two, a highly contagious virus that can cause paralysis.

Currently, the amateur boxing sensation is the only wheelchair fighter we have heard of and he intends to make the sport popular in SA first before talking it to other African countries.

Wheelchair boxing is fast growing in Europe, Asia and Kenya and they are striving to turn it into a legitimate Paralympic sport.

“I think in Africa, very few people know about wheelchair boxing. In Asia and Europe the sport is very big. Disabled athletes do wheelchair boxing. My aim is to spread it throughout and make it a popular sport. I want show people that there is life in disability and we can also do a lot of things done by able-bodied,” said Adebayo.

Wheelchair boxer Adesanya “Tony Adesanya “Tony Torch” Adebayo is breaking boundaries. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe

The dreadlocked fighter has encouraged other people living with disability to have confidence on their abilities.

Adebayo said people living with disability are very strong and there are good things done by able-bodied that they can do.

MALIBONGWE BHIDO / DailySun

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