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Floyd Mayweather plans to open boxing academy in Nigeria; meets Rotimi Amaechi

Floyd Mayweather, who’s now a boxing promoter after a successful 21-year professional career, is planning to establish a boxing academy in Nigeria to train young fighters.

“The ultimate plan is to find the next Mayweather,” said the 45-year-old American, a former five-weight world champion from super-featherweight to light-middleweight, earlier this week.

“We just want to help. It’s all about giving back, helping the youths and the young generation coming up.

“I want to build a boxing camp for the kids. Different American trainers will come over and work with them.”

Mayweather visited the Nigerian capital Abuja this week and discussed his plans with the country’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

The American revealed he chose to visit Amaechi because he often speaks about empowering Nigeria’s youth, with Mayweather believing his support could be key to realising his goal of setting up the academy.

Mayweather will take on Don Moore in an exhibition match in Dubai on 14 May, and says he is eager to visit Nigeria again.

“Before I go to Dubai, I couldn’t choose a better place than Nigeria,” he said.

“I look forward to coming back to Nigeria to train and continue to build my legacy. I’ve been to Johannesburg, Morocco, Egypt and now Nigeria in Africa.

“And, hopefully, before I’m gone, I get to see every country in Africa. It’s such a beautiful place. Africans worldwide show me love, and there’s nothing like African love.”

Amaechi said he believes Nigeria’s federal government would support any initiative that will harness more talent in Nigeria and would also create jobs.

BBC Sport Africa

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