FEATURE: Good news for Wasiru, but what next for his career?

BY: Bernard Neequaye

I have been one of the advocates for Wasiru Mohammed to have a change of environment if he is to realise his dream of becoming a world champion. So I was glad to have read the news on his promotional deal with Cameron Dunkin of D&D Boxing.

It’s been long overdue for the hard-hitting super bantamweight fighter who happens to be unmatched in Africa. What he needs now is to move to the US to explore his chances at fighting at the biggest stage.

That will not come easy for the young fighter. He will have to prove himself to stay relevant in a sport that is surrounded by so many external forces.

In my opinion, the signing came at the right time for Wasiru, especially when he will have the opportunity to be regularly fighting outside Ghana.

I believe that is what he needs at this very moment in his career. He needs to stay active by fighting regularly, and relocating to the US will provide him with exactly that.

It’s been very difficult getting him fights in Ghana considering the numerous COVID-19 protocols needed to be met by promoters to stage a bout in the country.

The other reason is the lack of credible opponents on the continent to give him the required competition needed to put him in shape ahead of world title fights in the future.

This is the reason why I celebrated Wasiru’s signing with D&D Boxing because if for nothing at all, the upcoming Ghanaian boxer will have the chance to fight on Showtime’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) cards.

That alone is enough for him to showcase his talent to the American market on television. All he needs to do now is to work extra hard not to miss that chance.

What next?

Several Ghanaian boxers have signed with American promotional outfits in the past without any success, and that is where I want to focus on.

The likes of Kofi Jantuah, Duke Micah, Joseph Agbeko and Joshua Clottey among others have complained about some bad treatments from promoters in the past.

I remember Jantuah and Agbeko telling me how celebrated promoter Don King used and duped them during their contractual relationship.

Micah had to go over a year without a fight due to Real Deal Promotions’ inability to stage a bout after going bankrupt. In the case of Clottey, he complained about Vincent Scolpino’s under-dealings during their working relationship.

The list goes on and on and that is where Team Wasiru must be watching. There are instances when you are signed to be fighting three times a year but end up not even getting a single fight.

I pray Wasiru doesn’t face such hurdles in his young career, but he has to be on the lookout for some of these bad precedents that befell his countrymen in the past.

With this sorted, I trust Wasiru has a bright future in the sport if only he will concentrate on his training and not other vices should he move to the US.

Ring return

I can’t wait for the announcement of Wasiru’s next fight and I hope it will be soon. This is because the Ghanaian can drop on the WBO ratings if he fails to be active.

The last time he fought was on January 31, 2020 when he stopped Benin’s John Amuzu in the seventh round. I don’t think that is good enough for his standing on the ratings.

Going forward, I also expect to see him get tested by some of the highly rated in the division to prepare him adequately for the world championship.

Even though he is eligible to fight for the world championship, I think it will be too early for him to jump at an immediate shot at the world title.

What I know is that he needs about three fights to be fully prepared for a shot. That I expect D&D Boxing to offer him at the end.