Gyata Bi targets WBO International crown

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Wasiru Mohammed stopped Isaac Sackey (right) in their WBO Africa clash

Newly-crowned WBO Africa super bantamweight champion Wasiru "Gyata bi" Mohammed has set a target of winning the WBO International crown next to put him in pole position to challenge for the world title as soon as possible.

Mohammed is determined to conquer anyone who stands in his way in his quest to win the world title by 2019.

Having destroyed Isaac Sackey in three rounds to snatch the WBO continental belt recently, the hard-hitting Ghanaian who improved his fight record to 11-0, 10 KOs, is expected to enter the world ratings and could either defend his strap early next year or challenge for the international crown.

He told the Graphic Sports that he was more than prepared to fight any opponent in the division as well as ready to devour anyone who falls prey to him.

"As you know, I'm more than ready for my next fight in the coming months. Wasiru wants to be a world champion and nothing can stop him from achieving that.

"I want to fight for the WBO international belt first in order to put me in position for the world title by the end of next year," he said.

When asked about his chances of fighting in a division which is being ruled by compatriot Isaac Dogboe, Wasiru explained that he wanted to be given the chance to prove himself and he believes he will cause an upset when the opportunity comes.

Mohammed has been in splendid form as exhibited in his previous three fights, having dispatched the likes of Kamurdeen Boyefio, Raymond Commey and Isaac Sackey this year.

He knocked Sackey, the holder, out in round three with a barrage of punches that compelled Beninois referee Adorn Bertin to stop the fight.

That decision brought a chaotic reaction as Sackey's camp stormed the ring to protest against referee Bertin for what they felt was an unfair ruling which ended the fight immediately after Sackey was knocked down.

Irate supporters of Sackey also attacked the referee and Gyata Bi’s corner and his supporters also joined the fray, resulting in a free-for-all.

Due to the chaotic scene, Gyata Bi was not presented with the title, but the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) has confirmed he is the champion and will thus be presented with his strap at the right time.