Trainer: Samir out to surprise Alimkhanuly

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Issah Samir- Set for a make or break clash in Canada
Issah Samir- Set for a make or break clash in Canada

Kwasi Ofori Asare, trainer of middleweight boxer, Issah Samir, has described his boxer’s upcoming fight with Kazakhstan’s Janibek Alimkhanuly as the right fight to earn him a world title shot.

Asare believes that his boxer could be in a good position to get an opportunity for a shot at the World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) titles if he defeats the favourite, Alimkhanuly, in a make or break clash on March 28 in Canada.

Issah,  younger brother of light heavyweight boxer, Bastie Samir, faces Alimkhanuly for the WBC Continental Americas and WBO Global middleweight titles on a Top Rank bill.

The experienced trainer expressed optimism about his boxer’s chances of scaling the March 28 hurdle, saying he was experienced enough to deal with any threat to be posed by his Kazakhstani opponent.

He indicated that Samir had been preparing feverishly for next month’s showdown and was in high spirit to surprise Alimkhanuly, a gold medallist at the 2016 Olympic Games.

“It is a make or break for Issah Samir but I believe this is the right fit for him to earn a world title shot if he can beat his opponent.

“I believe his chances are bright and he can surprise his opponent who is equally good. He is the favourite to carry the night because of his Olympics gold medalist background,” Asare told the Graphic Sports.

The March 28 fight affords the Ghanaian, a silver medallist at the 2007 All Africa Games and a former Olympian, an opportunity for his 16th career win.

Alimkhanuly, on the other hand, has won eight victories in as many fights with four knockouts.

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