United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based boxer, Aliu Bamidele Lasisi has expressed delight with his ability to win the vacant WBC International super-flyweight belt at his adopted base in Dubai.
The win extended Lasisi’s unbeaten record to 13 victories, with eight by knockout, and he admits it was massive for him to make his mark on ‘The Fight DXB Uncovered,’which drew a packed crowd at Emirates Golf Club.
Lasisi, who turned pro in 2015, added that Friday’s win is a culmination of a journey he began with victory on debut over Thailand’s Teepakorn Kongyoui at the World Trade Centre in Dubai.
His latest fight was televised on ESPN+ and presented by MTK Global, which manages the pugilist, and were equally happy to see the 28-year old, who trains at Round 10 Boxing Club in Al Quoz, come good against his 27-year old Nicaraguan for, Ricardo Blandon by unanimous decision.
It was a scrappy 12-round contest, which oscillated until Lasisi, who was fighting for the fifth time in Dubai, had a score of 114-111 in his favour, despite a knockdown and a point deduction over the course of the fight.
The new champ admitted he was happy to scale through, and praised his opponent for giving him a good fight, despite suffering a gash just above his right eye during the contest.
Lasisi said: “I’m very happy to fight in my hometown in front of all of these fans, and I’m pleased to win the WBC International title.
“Ricardo Blandon is a good fighter and was a very tough guy. I thought I would knock him out but he gave me a very good fight.”