The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has revealed that he is as fit as fiddle, adding that any boxer that would defeat him in a bout must ready to take many punches.
According to Oba Adeyemi, who spoke recently on his days as a boxer on the streets of Lagos, ”I am a double-fisted attacker. What does that mean? It means to defeat me, you must be ready to take many punches.”
The monarch dismissed insinuation that it is risky for him to engage in some physical exercises at his age.
He explained that “What is risky? What is not risky? Is life itself not risky? Can a traveler confidently say he would arrive his destination? Even if he is confident of his driving experience, he cannot say same for those coming behind him or oncoming vehicles. We have seen vehicles leaving their lane and crossing over the demarcation, thereby colluding with others vehicles. That is the reality of human life. You cannot ascribe risk to doing physical exercise.”
Speaking on how it feels throwing and receiving punches in the boxing ring at his age and as a monarch, he noted that ”I feel good because it is my sport. Any sport that improves one’s health is good for one’s body. I am okay with it.”