Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo, one of the two Nigerian brothers who is alleged to have participated in helping Empire star Jussie Smollett stage his own hate crime, has been keeping a relatively low profile since the reported payment he received for his involvement. However, Osundairo found himself back in the headlines this weekend for another beatdown.
On Friday, April 12, Osundairo competed in the Chicago Golden Gloves boxing competition as a part of the senior novice division under 178 pounds.
When it was all said and done, Abel was dominant in his performance and claimed the championship with a first-round technical knockout victory. The competition was held at Cicero Stadium, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Cheering Osundairo on was his older brother, Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, who also allegedly accepted a $3,500 payment for helping stage the attack which Smollett claimed was a hate crime.
After his win, Osundairo told the media that he did not want to talk about anything outside of his victory.
You can check out videos of Osundairo’s dominant run through the amateur boxing tournament below, courtesy of Stephanie Walsh of ABC who wrote: “After the match, he told me he’s just boxing for fun, training five days a week. Tonight was all about his win; he didn’t want to discuss anything else.”
“And then when Abel Osundairo won, he hit us with one of these,” Walsh added. “Cheering him on — family, including his brother Ola who was never too far from his side, and Gloria Schmidt. Osundairo told me he was ‘nothing’ without their support.”
Smollett was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for making false police reports before they were surprisingly dropped by State Attorney Kim Foxx. The decision was very controversial with other public officials expressing outrage that the charges were dropped.
While his charges were dropped, however, Smollett has been sued in civil court by the Chicago Police Department for wasting police resources.