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Bastie Samir targets African title shot

BY: Bernard Neequaye
Bastie Samir
Bastie Samir

Ghanaian light heavyweight contender, Bastie ‘The Beast’ Samir, is hoping for an immediate comeback into the ring when the government gives the green light for boxing to resume in the country.

Samir has targeted an African title shot, which he said, would put him in the world ratings and enhance his bid  for a world title shot in the coming years.

“It is time for me to consider my options because age is not on my side. The focus is to target an African title to be able to enter into the world ratings,” he revealed in an interview with  the Graphic Sports.

The 34-year-old fighter rose to fame in Ghana in October 2017 when he stopped braggart Braimah Kamoko, alias Bukom Banku, in a grudge fight at the Bukom Boxing Arena.

Since dispatching Bukom Banku, the undefeated Samir earned stoppage victories over Raoul Lokossou and Sunday Ajuwa in 2019 and hopes to build on that feat.

Samir  who has not fight this year,said the COVID-19 affected his chances of making a ring return in six months and, therefore ,hoped boxing returned to normalcy as soon as possible.

“I can’t wait to come back into the ring. Everything was being planned for my return before the COVID-19 but I’m still focused on returning as soon as the government gives us the green light”.

Meanwhile, government is yet to ease restrictions on contact sports after the Ministry of Youth and Sports gave the green light to 18 non-contact sports to commence activities in the country.

Some of the disciplines recently allowed to resume training included athletics, badminton, table tennis, tennis, golf, power lifting, weightlifting, cycling, draughts, para sports, rowing and canoeing, baseball, softball, horse racing and squash.