Renowned American boxer and boxing promoter, Floyd Mayweather has announced plans to establish a boxing academy in Africa, especially in Nigeria to build young fighters.
Mayweather disclosed this Monday when he visited the frontline All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Aspirant and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi at his Abuja residence.
TheFact Daily reports that the former World Boxing Council(WBC) super featherweight champion said Amaechi was always concerned about empowering the youths, hence his support was needed to actualize his goal of setting up the boxing academy.
“The ultimate plan is to find the next Mayweather. I want to work with kids, I will come over to meet and talk to make sure we are all on the same page, and slowly start building these fighters. 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.
“There are so much talents in the sport world over there in the United States, and Africa is dominating in the U.S now. There are so much hidden talents, so much skills, so we want the world to see these skills.
“We don’t want it to be hidden, like I was able to display my skills and talents to the world, here I am today. I want to build an academy just for the children to grow,” Mayweather said.
In response, Amaechi told the boxing great that he believes the Federal Government would support any initiative to harness more talents in the country, which would also create jobs.