Boxing: Ajisafe eyes Commonwealth title

Bob Ajisafe.
Bob Ajisafe.
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Leeds light-heavyweight champion Bob Ajisafe hopes to bag the vacant Commonwealth crown in Bristol tonight and then intends to gatecrash “world-class” in the coming months.

The skilful 30-year-old faces Kenya’s Daniel Wanyonyi tonight and said: “I definitely feel like I’m the best in Britain at the moment.

“I’m the current British champion, so that speaks for itself, but I also genuinely feel I would beat all of the other light-heavyweights in Britain.

“I’m now on the fringes of European and world-class and I want to make that transition as soon as possible. I’m looking to make a statement on Saturday night and then push on to the world stage. I’ve shown my class at this level and now I want to test myself at the next level.”

Meanwhile, Leeds-based Tigers ABC are celebrating more success with two gold medals at the Hull Box cup event. First Kira Carter won gold in the female event at 46kg after beating Demi Cox of Scunthorpe Imps. Harry Fryer then bagged gold with a three round demolition of Golden Rings (Southampton) boxer Lewis Fuller.

Meanwhile, Hunslet Club are hailing the superb achievement of Douglas Pattison who has won the National Schoolboy Boxing Championship for the Club during their 75th Anniversary Year.

Pattison, competing at 52kg, went through a stage of gruelling previous bouts competing at regional level initially, then NE County level and subsequently at National level through a quarter, semi and final bout to take the title.

He follows in his father’s footsteps who was also an ABA Nationals Champion and trained through the Hunslet Club.

Camp Detox boxer Ellie-Ann Joyce also beat Right Stuff’s Chloe Bostock in the women’s 37kg class.

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