- Bastie Samir has stated that Bukom Banku is avoiding a rematch with him
- Samir became the first professional boxer to beat Bukom Banku
- He stopped Bukom Banku in their last fight at the Bukom Boxing Arena
Former Olympian Bastie Samir has disclosed that Bukom Banku is afraid to fight him for the second time.
On October 21, 2017, at the Bukom Boxing Arena, Samir carved a niche for himself by becoming the first professional boxer to knockout Bukom Banku.
Bukom Banku then accepted defeat but pleaded to be given a chance to redeem himself which Bastie obliged.
The two boxers thus signed an agreement with Boss Office Promotions in March this year, with a rematch slated for June 30. However, the rematch never saw the light of day and Bastie says Bukom Banku is to blame for the no-show.
“Right now I am just training and talking with my camp and certainly before the end of this year, maybe in November, I will fight. I was supposed to give Bukom Banku a rematch which I did but it didn’t happen. I don’t want to go into the details of why it didn’t happen because it is a lot of things. We signed the contract but he was saying that for some reason he couldn’t fight. The truth is that I am not waiting for anyone because I want to fight and get to the top and bring a world title to Ghana,” Samir told the media on the sidelines of an event to open the new office for the Ghana Boxing Authority.
It will be recalled that earlier this year, April to be precise, Bukom Banku implored Boss Office Promotions, official promoters of his bout with rival Samir to postpone the much-publicized rematch.
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According to Banku, he and his trainers have decided that he needs at least two bouts to get him in shape for the rematch with Bastie Samir.
The duo had earlier agreed to stage a second fight in June, but Banku says he would prefer December 26 in an interview with UTV.
“I want the fight with Bastie to be postponed. Because I don’t think the June 30 date will help me. I need to fight at least two fights to regain my stamina and be ready for Bastie Samir. I made a mistake in the first fight which allowed him to defeat me but this time around I am doing everything right. I want December 26 as the new date. It would be boxing day and a perfect day for the fight,” Banku said.
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