Light heavyweight contender, Bastie “The Beast” Samir, has blamed managerial issues for his failure to reach greater heights two years after an emphatic victory over Brimah Kamoko.
The 2008 Olympian told the Graphic Sports that his career stalled after his famous knockout win over Kamoko, alias Bukom Banku, due to disagreements with his manager, John Odamtten.
Samir was tipped for greater heights after defying all odds to silence the tough-talking Bukom Banku in a bout dubbed “Make or Break”. The 32-year-old gained prominence for the seventh round stoppage victory over his nemesis, which ended his opponent’s 29-bout unbeaten run.
“I had managerial issues after the Bukom Banku fight, and that has really affected my career because there were so many fights I couldn’t take because of the problems.
“I believe the win over Bukom Banku paved way for me to realise my dreams of getting to the top but my career stalled because of some managerial problems,” Samir told the Graphic Sports in an exclusive interview.
However, the hard-hitting boxer has revealed that he settled his differences with his manager before signing for Dons Promotions, as he looks to revive his dwindling career under the promotional outfit.
He was hopeful of coming back stronger under his new management with the aim of getting himself back into the world rankings in order to stand a chance of fighting for a world title.
Having fought only once since demolishing Bukom Banku in October 2017, Samir believes winning championship fights could secure him a world title shot sooner than later.
“I am now cleared to fight under Dons Promotions and I am looking forward to more championship bouts. This I know will give me the chance to challenge for a world title shot as soon as possible,” he noted.