30th March, 2012
Nigeria’s World Boxing Council, WBC, Light welterweight hopeful, Olusegun Ajose, has said that he is ready to dethrone the newly-crowned WBC Light welterweight champion, Danny Garcia.
The undefeated Commonwealth champion is the mandatory challenger for the title, having defeated the French man Ali Chebah in California in September last year, and was at the ringside as Garcia defeated ageing Mexican icon, Erik Morales, in Houston last Saturday.
The 32-year-old believes that a fight with Garcia would be exhilarating for fans worldwide, adding that 2012 will be his year to conquer the world stage. The Nigerian confronted the America’s Garcia at the post-fight press conference and claimed that he could easily take the title from him.
The New-York based Ajose has had a somewhat normadic life in the world of boxing, from representing Nigeria at the 2000 Olympic Games to arriving in Britain and conquering the Light welterweight scene. Now he could reach the pinnacle of his career if he is able to defeat “Swift” at some point this year.
Ajose believed that Garcia had an easy fight agaist Morales, athough he admitted that he is a talented boxer.
“I think Danny Garcia is a good fighter and he did what he had to do to get the victory. But it would have been different if Morales had come to win. Morales simply showed up for the fight, instead of defending the title like a champion and that made it easier for Garcia.
“Morales has done very well in his boxing career but I think he should retire gracefully and enjoy spending time with his family,” said Ajose.
The Nigerian pugilist has spent a lengthy waiting period to receive a world title opportunity, having previously been the number one contender earlier last year and was made to fight another title eliminator against Chebah.
However, now that he has finally been granted a world title shot, the slick southpaw believed he will cut short Garcia’s championship reign.
He said: “Garcia has no choice but to fight me, if he doesn’t then he will be stripped of the title, simple as that. I am ready to fight him next week. I hope he chooses to actually fight me as it will surely be a great fight for all boxing fans.”
“Two unbeaten boxers going head to head can only bring one thing – excitement. When I challenged Garcia at the post-fight press conference, he said that he is a warrior and he can beat me. Let’s see if he really means it,” added Ajose.