Exclusive: Bob Ajisafe reveals cruiserweight mix-up in last fight, hand injury setback

Joe Hewlett 20/05/2017

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Bob Ajisafe marked his return to the ring with a points victory over Czech Republic journeymen Josef Obeslo at the First Direct Arena last weekend.

It was the Yorkshireman’s first fight in almost twelve months following his defeat in Russia to Umar Salamov for the IBO title.

However, since his victory, the 32-year-old revealed his plans for 2017 had been scuppered after he sustained a hand injury during the bout.

“I was intending on getting at least three or four fights by the end of the year but unfortunately during the fight, I suffered a hand injury,” Ajisafe exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I had to have surgery on my hand and have an operation so it looks like I’m going to be out for a while until my hand gets better which is disappointing as I was looking to continue my momentum from that win with another quick fight. But these situations can happen and It’s something I can’t help.

“I’m just hoping it can be a fast recovery so I can get back out there ASAP,” he added.

‘The Lionheart’ has revealed he’ll continue to contend at light-heavyweight despite the mix-up going into his most recent fight.

“I’m always going to campaign at light-heavyweight so I don’t know where they got cruiserweight from if I’m being honest. They made an error it was a mistake when they said it was a cruiserweight contest, it was just an error on their side. I’m still competing at light-heavy.”

Ajisafe is optimistic for what the future holds and is targeting a showdown that can lead towards a future world title shot.

“I want a fight that can get me into the Top 10 rankings. I‘d rather not look at domestic titles and go for something like the international title – I’ve boxed for a version of the world title before so I believe I’m there or there about.

“The domestic scene (British title fight) could help me get people talking about my name on the street so that could also be an option,” said Ajisafe.

Badou Jack has moved up to join the division and Ajisafe believes it’s a good time to be in the light-heavyweight division

“We have Ward and Kovalev fighting again, Stevenson, Cleverly, a few Ukrainian fighters and now Jack. It’s lively, there’s some good fighters out there and some good fights to be involved with for myself.

“If I’m able, I’ll be knocking the door within the next couple of fights.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95