Boxing: Mouth-watering home town semi-final awaits ace Ajisafe

leading the charge: Leeds boxer Bob Ajisafe, left, is excited about fighting at Leeds Town Hall.
leading the charge: Leeds boxer Bob Ajisafe, left, is excited about fighting at Leeds Town Hall.
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Leeds’s own British champion Bob Ajisafe is “excited” and “confident” he can deliver and progress into the MaxiNutrition Knockout final in front of his home town fans at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday, May 17, live on Channel 5.

The newly crowned British light heavyweight champion faces Swanley’s Southern Area champion Leon Senior and is “completely focused” on giving it his absolute all. Ajisafe claimed his place in the semis with an inspiring display in a fight of the year contender against former British, Commonwealth, European, WBC International, WBO and IBO Inter-Continental champion Dean Francis at Rivermead, Reading.

The pair gave the fans a relentless display in a fight that swayed both ways for all 12 rounds. By the final bell it was Ajisafe who was awarded a unanimous points win, but both men had shown exactly how much the competition meant to them. That set up his semi-final showdown against Southern Area champion, Senior, who had progressed following a non-contest result against former Commonwealth title challenger Tony Hill. After a promising start, the fight was halted when Hill sustained a bad cut after an accidental clash of heads. Unable to continue, the fight was waved off with Southern Area champion, Senior, progressing.

“It’s a great chance to showcase my skills in front of my home town and personally it means everything to fight in Leeds,” Ajisafe said.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to putting on a good performance for all the fans. I’m not underestimating or overlooking Leon Senior, I’m making sure I’m on my game 100 percent.

“I’m completely focused and determined to come out victorious. It would mean a lot to get to the final – I’m looking to win the tournament and push forward. This is a great competition and I want to come out on top.”

A superb night of boxing will decide who will compete for the first ever MaxiNutrition Knockout title as well as feature a whole host of exciting talent on the undercard. Tickets start from £35 and are available to purchase now from the Ticketline box office on 0844 888 9991 or online at

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with the MaxiNutrition Knockout to offer four pairs of tickets to this month’s event.

To enter, answer the following question: Who will Bob Ajisafe compete against on May 17? Send your answer to with your day time telephone number by next Friday.

Another Leeds boxer on the crest of a wave is bantamweight Qais Ashfaq who bagged his second senior ABA title last weekend.

The former Commonwealth junior gold medallist beat West Ham’s Lucien Reid in the final to qualify his spot in this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

Fellow Leeds star Jack Bateson was narrowly denied in the 52kg title final against Charlie Edwards.

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