17th December 2012

Bob Ajisafe
Leeds’ Bob Ajisafe made a successful first defence of his English light-heavyweight title, by outpointing previously unbeaten Travis Dickinson via unanimous decision at the Octagon Centre in Sheffield on Saturday night.

Ajisafe won the title against Darren Stubbs 17 months and was promised a British title eliminator fight that eventually fell through, and with other proposed fights frustratingly not materialising,  Ajisafe has been kept out of the ring to his frustration.


But if Saturdays dominant performance against a good fighter in Dickinson is anything to go by, it looks like Ajisafe would be trouble for any of the top domestic light-heavyweights on this form he may still struggle to tie down the big fights he craves


Dickinson who was cut in the first round after a clash of heads and just couldn’t get to grips with Ajisafe’s movement, he took a sustained beating in truth, but never stopped trying and reached the final bell battered and bruised, but he made it and credit to his resilience for hanging in and giving it his best shot, but Ajisafe was inspired on the night and seemed to be another level above the Birtley man.
 
“After being out for that long long layoff it was really good to be back in the ring.” Ajisafe told BritishBoxers.

“I didn’t feel as if there was no ring rust
whatsoever I was sharp from the opening bell. I’ve been in top shape
and ready for a while, I was locked in I had a good camp and a week in
Fuertraventura. Ive been sparring well and getting pushed, but my power
and timing was on point so I was ready for anything.


“I was just
ready to fight and get it on. I knew I was keeping my belt even though
I’d been inactive I was confident in my ability. “I probably did handle
him easier than expected but that’s because I was so sharp and on it I
was boxing him, and out-boxing him early on in the fight using my
movement and skills then in mid fight I started mixing in power shots
hurting him, and rocking him.


“I’m better in every department
controlling the fight and kept my jab in his face. It was a master class
performance by myself. Widely out scoring the contest.


“Travis
was a top prospect and brought everything he could. His record spoke for
itself! But I’m a different class and that’s what this game is about.”
 
Ajisafe is an underrated fighter who has been going under the radar since his tight loss to Carl Dilks in Prizefighter in 2009, a fight many thought he should have won. And then the following year in a challenge for Tony Bellew’s Commonwealth belt he pushed the defending Liverpool champion all the way, even knocking Bellew down in round 4, but losing a close points decision. 
 
But Ajisafe ends 2012 on a positive note and will hopefully get the breaks he warrants in the new year. “I’m ready for the British title and that should hopefully be next in line for me, but I’ll leave that to my team to sort out.” added Ajisafe.

“Ideally I’d like to be out three or four times next year, just staying busy now and active I need to be out regularly now and clean things up domesticly next year and then move on again and progress further on towards world honours.” added Ajisafe. 



Full Interview with Bob Ajisafe here..