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Elizabeth Oshoba: Meet Nigeria’s first WBC Champion

Elizabeth Oshoba early in her life laid the foundation for what would become a remarkable journey in professional boxing.

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 26th January 2024

Elizabeth Oshoba, renowned as Nigeria’s Queen of the Ring, has brought joy to numerous faces by securing victory in the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Featherweight Championship held in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Born on December 23, 1999, in Nigeria, Oshoba displayed a passion for sports, particularly boxing, from an early age, setting the stage for a remarkable journey in the field.


Her foray into boxing commenced with participation in amateur competitions in Ogun State. The 24-year-old won a gold medal for Nigeria at the African Zone 3 Boxing Championships in Cameroon, a 2019 All African Games bronze medal in Morocco, and a 2022 Commonwealth silver medal in the Featherweight division, gaining recognition and laying the groundwork for future success.


Oshoba then relocated to the UK in late 2022 to continue her boxing career.



Historic World Championship Victory


Transitioning to professional boxing, Oshoba continued to showcase her exceptional skills, securing victories that established her as a formidable presence in the professional arena.


The peak of her career occurred in 2024, when she made history by winning the WBC Silver Featherweight Championship in Copenhagen. Her opponent, Michela Braga of Italy, was defeated in a decisive match, marking a significant milestone for Oshoba and Nigerian boxing.


From the beginning of the actions, Elizabeth showed her best boxing and quality, dominating Braga. The judges’ scores were 88-82, 87-83, and 90-80, all in favor of Oshoba.


Elizabeth Oshoba declared the winner by the umpire


She improved her record to 7 wins and 4 knockouts, while Michela lost the first fight of her career, leaving her with 6 wins and one loss.


Oshoba’s victory at the WBC championship is not just a personal achievement but a landmark moment for Nigerian boxing, and she has not only claimed the World Champion title in the women’s featherweight category but has also etched her name in the annals of Nigerian sports history.

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