Updated: Aug 7, 2019
Former Commonwealth & British champ Bob Ajisafe discusses his return amongst other things
Eat Sleep Boxing Repeat’s Eliot Stott spoke to Light Heavyweight Bob Ajisafe earlier this week to discuss his year out of the sport with injury, what he thinks of the domestic scene within his weight division & the untimely loss of old foe Dean Francis.
Hey Bob, first of all thanks for giving us a bit of your time today, how are you at the moment and how is training going?
BA - Despite being out for a little while, I’m still training and training hard at the moment, ticking over whilst trying to secure a fight date for later this year.
Unfortunately I’ve been really unlucky with injuries for the past year, breaking my hand in my last fight which took over 4 months to heal properly.
Once that was healed, whilst skipping I managed to break one of my metatarsals which set me back another while so it’s been quite a frustrating time for myself really.
However, since I recovered from that injury I’ve been back training full time and I’m actually in pretty decent shape now. In the past I’ve had to deal with being highly avoided beforehand leading to some stints of inactivity so I’m used to spending time outside of the ring.
Good to hear that you’re in good shape! In regards to your next fight date, what’s the plan for your return?
So as things stand we’re looking to be back in the ring for September by which time the new season will have kicked off and there will be plenty of shows that I’ll be able to get on.
At the moment as the season is coming to an end, the amount of shows are few and far between so it’s difficult to actually get out there.
Speaking of your return, you’ve competed at Light-Heavyweight for your entire pro-career, however due to the amount of time that you’ve had out of the ring, is moving up to Cruiserweight a possibility for you at the moment?
That’s a good question! I do believe that I could still make the 175 pound limit despite being a little bit older than when I last had to make the weight.
Potentially, I could move up in weight to Cruiserweight but I do feel that I’d be very small at the weight and I may suffer from the massive jump up in weight so it’s probably more beneficial for me to remain at Light-Heavyweight.
Perhaps another benefit to you making a return at Light-Heavyweight is the amount of notable fights that British Light-Heavyweights have been involved in over the last 12 months, some of which include the belts that you vacated.
Is that fair to say?
To be honest with you I really don’t think that those guys on the domestic scene really want to fight me.
To be fair, these guys have only come to the forefront due to me being forced to vacate the belts when I challenged for the world title.
Frank Buglioni is much better at Super-Middleweight and Hosea Burton wouldn’t have become British champ if the belt hadn’t been vacated. Anthony Yarde is someone who looks decent but I’d really like to see him fight somebody of note before Boxing fans get too excited about him.
When you compare those fighters with myself, I feel that I’ve been matched with good operators early in my career despite never really being built up i.e. Ovill Mckenzie & Tony Bellew whereas these fighters haven’t despite some of them having had 20+ fights.
I’ll admit that the division is more active over the last year or so but I’d still say that there’s a lack of credibility within the British fighters of the division.
Seeing as I didn’t lose the belt and chose to fight for a world title instead, I’d like to win the British belt outright on my return and to do that I’ll probably need to go through some of the fighters that we’ve mentioned.
Looking forward to those fights when they happen then! Somebody within your division who people are talking about is Joshua Buatsi who’s only had 6 pro fights.