Lionheart ready to rule the Commonwealth


Updated 9th June 2015

Ingle Gym’s British light-heavyweight champion Bob Ajisafe is ready to “make a statement” in a bid to prove he is ready for the “next level” of opponent.


The Leeds fighter meets Kenya’s Daniel Wanyoni at the Action Indoor Sports Arena, Bristol on Channel 5 this Saturday and intends to prove why he feels he is ready to step up towards world level.



“I definitely feel like I'm the best in Britain at the moment,” Bob said. 


“I'm the current British champion, so that speaks for itself, but I also genuinely feel I would beat all of the other light-heavyweights in Britain.


“I'm now on the fringes of European and world-class and I want to make that transition as soon as possible. That's where I'm aiming to progress towards once I've captured this Commonwealth title. 


“I'm looking to make a statement on Saturday night and then push on to the world stage. I've shown my class at this level and now I want to test myself at the next level.”


The tricky 30-year-old is unbeaten in his last seven outings, including his impressive victories over former European and Commonwealth champion Dean Francis and other domestic rivals Leon Senior and Matty Clarkson on his way to becoming the first ever victor of the MaxiNutrition Knockout Tournament.


“I won the MaxiNutrition Knockout Tournament very easily last year and I think that said a lot,” Bob said.


“I was up against the cream of the crop in this country and none of them got a look in. I felt very comfortable.”


Bob's next opponent is the 26-year-old Wanyonyi, based in Nairobi, Kenya and boasting a professional record of 21 wins with seven knockouts. 


A Kenyan and African Boxing Union champion who provides an unknown threat to Bob as he comes determined to claim the Commonwealth crown for himself.


“I haven't seen any footage of him,” Bob said


“I'm not even sure what his style is or whether he's orthodox or southpaw. I don't think he's boxed outside Africa before, so his tapes aren't exactly readily available.


“I just have faith and belief in my own camp. I know I've put in a lot of work for this fight and I'll put trust in that hard work and also my skills, which I believe will be enough to deal with Wanyonyi. 


“I'll have a look at him early, work out what he's about and then outbox him and break him down.


“I'm not going to overlook him or get complacent, though. I know he hasn't mixed in my class before but that doesn't mean he's not capable or dangerous. His record suggests he can punch a bit, albeit at a lower level, and if he's knocking people over he must have some sort of power. 


“The thing is, you just don't have a clue what sort of opponents he's been facing in Kenya. They could be decent, they could be awful.


 “No matter how good he is, it's all about getting the win and looking good. I can't afford to just beat this guy on Saturday night. I need to beat him in style and make people sit up and take note. After that, I can move on up the ladder.” 

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