Exclusive: Ajisafe reveals Oosthuizen fight was non-existent

Phil Jay 20/11/2015

Commonwealth light heavyweight champion Bob Ajisafe has informed WBN that he has never had any knowledge of a potential fight with IBO champion Thomas Oosthuizen on December 5.

According to South African promoters Golden Gloves, Oosthuizen was all set to travel to the UK to challenge Ajisafe for his Commonwealth belt until word from Ajisafe’s handler Mick Hennessy came back that his title holder couldn’t make weight.

Upon hearing the news, a baffled Ajisafe contacted WBN to put his side across and said even though a fight with undefeated Oosthuizen is appealing, he was never in a position to fight nor had any contact with his manager about it.

“I knew nothing about this fight whatsoever,” Ajisafe told World Boxing News.

“I had no intention of fighting on December 5 and the first I heard about it was a press release from Golden Gloves last Saturday.

“My manger and I were joking about it as we thought it was bizarre that later it said I couldn’t make weight as I was never training for the fight.

“I have no reservations in fighting Thomas Oosthuizen, but I would certainly need the right notice to prepare for what would be a championship fight.

“To say we were fighting on December 5 in the first place simply isn’t true whatsoever and I had not been in camp or preparing for him. The bottom line is the release was sent out without even notifying me about the fight.”

‘Lionheart’ last fought in June when picking up the title currently in his possession when defeating Daniel Wanyonyi in four rounds in Bristol – and in the process added the Commonwealth crown to his British version.