Blessing Awodibu will compete on the Chicago Professional in 2023

The Boogieman will be back on stage in 2023.

IFBB Pro League Men’s Open Bodybuilder Blessing Awodibu has announced his intention to compete in the 2023 Chicago Pro Competition scheduled for the weekend of July 21-22, 2023 in Chicago, IL. Awodibu shared the news on Instagram by posting a commemorative photo from his first win at the 2022 Indy Pro competition.

“We’re fixated on Chicago [right now]. 7 weeks.”

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Awodibu will make its first competitive appearance in the 2023 season. He has had a groundbreaking 2022 season, in which he has had his first two wins at the Indy Pro and New York Pro in back-to-back shows. These wins also saw him qualify for the 2022 Mr. Olympia competition.

His last appearance on stage was at the Mr. Olympia show in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 14-16, 2022, which marked his debut at the sport’s most prestigious competition. Awodibu finished this show outside the top 15. The champion of this show was Hadi Choopan. Any competitors below 15th place will simply be marked as tied in 16th place.

Away from the stage, Awodibu has built a large international following thanks to his videos, training, confidence and charisma at shows or social media posts.

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He garnered a lot of attention when he competed for the 2021 New York Pro at the expense of fellow rising star Nick Walker, who also competed in that competition. Walker would win the show while Awodibu placed sixth. After an extended season hiatus, he returned in 2022 with a taller physique and better pose, which helped him to his two wins that season.

He was expected to compete at the 2023 Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH in early March, but Awodibu withdrew from the competition shortly after its announcement, citing the need to take a break from the 2022 competition schedule.

At this time it is unknown which other athletes will be competing in the Chicago Pro. If Awodibu doesn’t win the show, he must compete again if he wants to qualify for the 2023 Olympia in Orlando, FL over the weekend of November 2-5, 2023. Only show winners can qualify for the 2023 Olympia season. The qualification period ends on October 9, 2023.

Featured image: @blessing_awodibu on Instagram

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