AN OPEN LETTER TO THE WORLD BOXING CHAMPION, ANTHONY OLASEENI JOSHUA
My dear brother, AJ
WE ARE ON PARALLEL LINES YET WE HAVE A MEETING POINT
I am one of your Nigerian brothers who are proud of your heights in world sports. I am Tosin Akande- a lawyer, writer, politician, Rights crusader and social commentator.
Not only am I aware of your status as a world heavyweight Boxing champion of the world, to underscore my fine desires for you, I also wish, by now, that you are the undisputed heavyweight Boxing champion of the world but your present height, I dare say, suffices!
However and notwithstanding the above paragraphs, my letter is at crossroads with Boxing yet will I quickly inform that I have no bitterness or hate for you, AJ.
Also note that by my letter and subsequent actions from now on, I am only ‘fighting’ for the greater good of all- all of Mankind that Boxing, and not your person, be abolished. As of fact, not only Boxing but all other unfriendly contact sports which shall be published soon especially the very notorious UFC fights.
As one with passion for humanity, far above sentiments of any kind, I see Boxing and such sports as forms of man’s inhumanity to man which was wickedly sold to us as a sport by an unscrupulous few, long before our time.
The fact of the age-long nature of Boxing as a sport explains the size of the tenacity I must muster to win this battle yet I am convinced it’s a must-win for all of Mankind and it is in this light, I am of the opinion that we have a meeting point as stated in the subject-matter of this letter.
I may be opposed to you on this, AJ but I hope that you understand the position from which I have written…it’s not about you and has absolutely nothing to do with you.
Besides, this is just a fresh call to abolish Boxing; efforts to outlaw Boxing is as old as the sport itself hence my interest in this is no more than my passion for Mankind as opposed to parochialism.
Permit me to also state; emphatically too, that if I fail in this bid, the whole world would acknowledge that there was a Nigerian who also lent his voice, on humanitarian grounds, to the call for the abolition of Boxing and other dangerous sports because of their dehumanizing effects on humans.
Lastly, let it be known that I admire your fine qualities both as a man and a professional athlete. You are a true role model and wish you are in another sport.
I wish further that our paths do not cross in this manner but we have no control over the times and seasons.
Best wishes, my dear brother.
Yours in humanity,