I haven’t had any tune up fights in between. had some managerial issues also where I felt they weren’t doing enough to ensure I was boxing, saying the same thing telling me what I wanna hear and things are coming that never materialised.I didn’t get pushed just waiting andto many big gaps in between, due to not being able to get fights has been frustrating for me to say the least, so I had to move on.
I now see the up coming guys keeping being busy and this is how I should of been then, to keep progressing and moving forward. Being inactive n turn leads to people to forget about you really. A fighter like me needs to be fighting regularly, I never had the luxury of fighting journeymen having my record padded and tune up fights, most of these guys now might have had a few fights but who have they fought? nobody’s!
You entered the Prizefighter in 2009, unbeaten in 6 fights going in but lost in the Quarters to Carl Dilks, looking back on that now, were you glad you entered it and do you feel you should have got the nod over Dilks?
I definitely felt I won that fight along with all the spectators and commentators who felt the same, even his corner thought I’d won it! I was robbed but there was some dodgy decisions going on that night. I don’t think The Prizefighter really did me any justice you’ve got to start fast, I was just getting going, Im suited better over more round fights. Even up-to now I see a lot of dodgy decisions in Prizefighter with the scoring where one guy blatantly wins but doesn’t get the decision, quite baffling really!
After the Prizefighter you came back with two good wins one of them over Ovill McKenzie and then got the shot at Tony Bellew’s Commonwealth title. But when the fight finally came around you’d been out of the ring for almost a year. That must have had a bearing on your performance? Having said that you performed well and there were a lot of people who thought you won that fight!
|‘I’m not allowing anyone to take what Ive got’ Bob Ajisafe|
Yeah now I have a defence of my title coming up, physically im in great shape and mentally I have belief and I’m staying focused on getting the job done successfully and having a good year for myself and then next year getting to where I should be.So I’m not allowing anyone to take what Ive got, its been hard work for me to get it in and out the ring. So I have my mind on my future and where Im going. I‘m not overlooking him, I’m going to take care of business come December 15th.
I was supposed to defend back in May, I had a good camp as I helped prepare Carl Froch for his fight with Lucien Bute, so I had a lot of top sparring which brought me on. But even now I’m putting in work in the gym and had some good sparring with the kids in our gym too so I’m feeling good, would of been nice to have been more active and had few fights prior but this is how its been down to no fault of my own, so Ive just got to be on top of my game and stay ready! I have the experience of being in big title fights and I’m the champion now and thats how its staying. I have my own plans for my future!
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