Ajose 'Dumps' Boxing For Soccer


After his failed attempt to get a shot at a world boxing title with his defeat by Lucas Matthysse of Argentina  during the recent World Boxing Council, WBC, world title elimination bout in America, Nigerian Olusegun Ajose  says it is time to take a rest from boxing and help his son practicing what he knows best: Football.

Ajose, who is still lamenting losing the elimination fight to Mattysse, said that he has to take a rest from  boxing for now to focus on his family after which he can return to the game later.

According to the All Africa Game gold medal winner and Commonwealth Games champion, “I want to take few weeks  break to spend time with my family. During the period of my rest, I think I should go out and practice  football with my boy. My son likes football and if I can spend little time with him in training, it would be  good for him. I hope to get back to training after this break and wait on my promoter and manager to tell me  the next line of action for me. I’m most likely going to get a warm up fight  in  December, which I believe  would pave way for a big fight next year by the grace of God,” he said.

Ajose won’t give up his quest for a world title as he said that he would look out for an opportunity in other  world boxing bodies like World Boxing Association, WBA, International Boxing Federation, IBF, World Boxing  Organisition, WBO and World Boxing Federation, WBF.

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“It does not matter whether it is WBC, IBF, WBO of WBF,  whichever organisation gives me the opportunity,  I’ll  go for it. At the level I am, I can achieve my dream in any of the boxing bodies apart from the WBC.  The most important thing is that my fans really want me back in the ring,” he said.

Ajose thanked Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola for his support toward a successful career, adding that when he  got no support from anywhere, the governor was instrumental to his victory against Ali Chebah in the WBC  lightwelter weight eliminator bout last year.

“Governor Fashola has been very helpful to me. He was there for me against Ali Chebah. I prepared for that  match because I got support from  the Lagos State Government.”

—Taiwo Adelu

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