3rd February, 2012
Olusegun Ajose is the number one contender for the World Boxing Council, WBC, Light Welterweight title. In this interview with Boxing In Focus, the unbeaten Commonwealth Light Welterweight champion extolled the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame and bore his mind on his world title dream.
How do you feel that the WBC did not pick you as the next challenger of the world champion, Erik Morales despite being the number one contender?
I am not happy with the arrangement because going for the title has always been my goal. I have been the number one contender for the past three years. But the WBC has picked the number two contender, who is an American, to fight with Erik Morales in March. It is obvious that the arrangement involved a lot of politics. But the WBC has decided that the winner of the fight must fight with me. Pending the time, I will try and get another fight around March about a week to Erik Morales’ fight.
What efforts are you making to win your next fight?
I know I have to be careful with my next fight so as not to jeopardise my chance of challenging Erik Morales. I have to be at my best because there is no easy fight at this stage. I have always trained hard. But the kind of training I undergo depends on my opponent. At the moment, I train six days a week with two coaches and I am working hard with them.
What is your take about the Saturday Monthly Boxing Show?
Saturday Monthly Boxing Show is a great thing for Lagos State. I hope the show can be replicated in all the states of the federation. Staging boxing competitions in the country every month will enable local boxers to showcase their talents. The truth is that a boxer cannot improve if there is no competition for him to exhibit his talent. I give kudos to the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame for organising this competition.
Why do you prefer to fight abroad than in Nigeria?
I have always wanted to fight in Nigeria. I am the only one among my mates who has fought in Nigeria three times. But the fact is that things are very difficult to organise in this country. I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time and I don’t want to wait for too long. I don’t care where the fight will hold. All I want is to win the world title. But I will prefer the fight to hold in Nigeria because of my fans.
What is your take about our boxers’ preparations for the London 2012 Olympics?
The Nigeria Boxing Federation is doing its best but its best is not enough. We suppose to prepare for the Olympics for four years because the people we will compete with have been preparing for four years. I met someone in Cuba who was already preparing for Athens 2004 Olympics when I was still preparing for Sydney 2000 Olympics.
The question is, how can we outshine these people when we meet ?