6th September 2012
Video interview by Ryan Burton. Light welterweight contender Ajose Olusegun discusses his upcoming WBA interim-title fight with the dangerous Lucas Matthysse.
courtesy of boxingscene.com
London-based Nigerian Ajose Olusegun intends to make the most of his big chance on the world stage when he takes on Lucas Matthysse in Las Vegas on Saturday for the WBC’s interim light-welterweight title.
Southpaw Olusegun, 32, has been Commonwealth champion since 2007, adding the British title two years later, but with the big domestic fights eluding him he took himself to America where a 12-round shutout against Ali Chebah last September put him up the WBC’s rankings.
Unbeaten Olusegun remains an active soldier in the Nigerian army but in Matthysse he comes up against his toughest challenge to date.
The Argentinian’s record is impressive, 31-2 – The two defeats coming against world class opposition in Devon Alexander and Zab Judah, both hotly disputed split decisions.
“I know he’s one of the toughest in the division,” said Olusegun. “He lost twice, but I think he was robbed both times.
“I think he’s the toughest opponent on paper, but I can’t say that he’s the toughest guy until after the fight. He definitely is on paper, but I don’t know how that will translate in reality
“The big difference between us, it’s common knowledge I’ve been deprived of this fight for so long. I’ve been ready to fight for a championship for four years. Now that I have this opportunity I’m not going to let it go. I’m going to give everything I have to win this fight.”
Matthysse has stopped 29 of his foes in his 31 wins but Olusegun believes he has the chin to survive his obvious power and make his own count.
“Ali Cheba had an 80 percent knockout ratio and when he hit me it didn’t hurt me, I proved my chin. I knocked him down twice but he didn’t hurt me. I felt some of his power but nothing I couldn’t handle.
“That’s not going to happen. It’s going to be me knocking him out, not the other way around.” added Olusegun.