Yorkshireman Bob Ajisafe will compete for the vacant Commonwealth light-heavyweight title against Kenya’s Daniel Wanyonyi on June 13 in Bristol.
The fight will act as chief support to Lee Haskins’ IBF interim world bantamweight title clash with Ryosuke Iwasa and takes place over a scheduled twelve rounds. It will be televised on Channel 5.
Twenty-six-year-old Wanyonyi is based in Nairobi, Kenya and boasts a professional record of 21-6-2 (17 KOs). Known for his punch power and exciting style, Wanyonyi recovered from a patchy start to his eight-year professional career to win the Kenyan title and the African Boxing Union title.
In winning the latter, he defeated the unbeaten and highly-touted Matamba Debatch Postolo in Kinshasa, Zaire last June. The fight marked the first time Wanyonyi had gone twelve rounds in his career and he passed the test with flying colours, taking a unanimous decision at the bout’s conclusion.
Leeds man Ajisafe, meanwhile, is the current British light-heavyweight champion and the proud winner of Channel 5’s MaxiNutrition Knockout Tournament. The 30-year-old impressively stopped finalist Matty Clarkson in four rounds to lift the trophy last November and has now won seven fights in a row, five of which have ended in stoppage.
‘Lionheart’ Bob, 15-2 (6 KOs), has fought for the Commonwealth title once before – he lost a unanimous decision to Tony Bellew in 2010 – but is currently in the form of his life and appears more than equipped to pick up another belt and continue his journey up the world rankings.
*** Lee Haskins and Ryosuke Iwasa fight for the vacant IBF Interim World Bantamweight Title and Bob Ajisafe and Daniel Wanyonyi fight for the vacant Commonwealth light-heavyweight title on June 13 at Bristol’s Action Indoor Sports Arena. For tickets, please contact the Ticketline Box Office on 0844 888 4402 or Sanigar Events on 0117 949 6699 ***