Boxing: Bash Ali Close To Dream Fight

World Boxing Federation, WBF, Cruiserweight champion Bash Ali, OON, has said that his seven years of struggle to enter his name in the Guinness Book of World Records is gradually becoming a reality.

The boxer expressed excitement after the Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, inaugurated the Local Organising Committee, LOC, for the Bash Ali Guinness Book of World Records Title Fight Project in Abuja yesterday.

The 14-man committee is  headed by Bala Kaoje.

“I feel great. My struggle for seven years has come to reality.

“Sometimes, a disappointment can be a blessing in disguise. Because, if I had fought seven years ago, it is possible that somebody by now may have broken the record.

“So, I will be fighting at the age of 58, which means in this century or in the next, whoever that will have to break the record must be at least 60 years. But, I am not happy about the delay,’’ Ali said.

He also assured that he would defeat his opponent, adding that his opponent was no match. “I am reassuring Nigerians that on the day of the fight, Bash Ali will shock the boxing world. I will beat my opponent, 32 years old Rick Camlin of USA like a bad child, because I am old enough to be his father,’’ the boxer told News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.

Meanwhile, the NSC Chairman, Bolaji Abdullahi who inaugurated the 14-man committee, headed by Bala Kaoje, tasked the members on ensuring the successful project of staging the fight within the first quarter of 2014.

“I am tasking you (the LOC) with the enormous responsibility of ensuring the success of the project, which is to actualise Bash Ali’s dream of being one of the oldest boxers to be involved in a fight,” he said.

Some of the companies which have identified with the fight include Bank of Industry (BOI), Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) and Globacom. Others are Nexim Bank, NSC, NTA, AIT and FRCN. The fight is being promoted by Otunba Benson Akingboye’s Oba King Promotions.


  1. Ubokli

    This is a complete waste of Government money, and the public’s attention. When other countries would use half the money to train and develop boxers for commonwealth and Olympic medals, we are trying to sponsor a 58 year old man to engage in a ‘world title’ boxing match. So much for sporting priorities!

  2. Chief Emmanuel Arawore

    I am glad to be part of the struggle. the lesson is falsehood travels twice faster than truth, but truth gets to the finishing line first. It shows how the establishment can delay but would be overcome by the Grace of God.

  3. Olalekan

    It is very hard to achieve success in this country. Seven years of struggle coming to an end. Bash goodluck in ur endeavour, wish this can be possible at ur age.

  4. Salami Anderson

    i wish Bash Alli, a successful fight.

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