Ahead WBF Fight: I’m ready for world title, Esepor declares
London-based Nigeria’s Taiwo “Esepor” Agbaje has declared that he is ready to win the world featherweight title. Esepor, who is billed to fight Richard Pumicpic of the Philippines for the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental featherweight title on 26 December, spoke from his London base.
The WBF bout is the headline encounter at GOtv Boxing Night 27, scheduled for the Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Lagos. “My ambition is to win the world featherweight title and I’m about to take the first step towards the actualization of the ambition. Pumicpic will not be a barrier. He’s a hurdle I will scale with ease,” the West African Boxing Union (WABU) champion said.
Long tipped as the best next thing in Nigerian boxing, Esepor’s rise has matched the hype around him. He idolizes former American world heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, and blitzes opponents like his idol, the reason for his 65 per cent knockout rate. At GOtv Boxing Night 19, Esepor defeated Waidi “Skoro” Usman, the former African Boxing Union (ABU) featherweight champion, in dismissive fashion, making nonsense of his opponent’s 21-fight and 61.9 per cent knockout profile.
The performance, brimming with power as well as speed of hand and thought, earned him the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy for the best boxer at the show. He also saw off the fearsome Nurudeen “Prince” Fatai, former national champion, whom he knocked out.
Esepor has won all his fights, nine by knockouts, including in the UK where he defeated Christian Flores Lopez Jayro Fernando Duran.
He dismissed his Filipino opponent’s 38-fight profile as having no bearing on the outcome of the forthcoming bout. “It means nothing. Nothing, I repeat. This is my chance,” he raved.