Nigerian veteran boxer, Bash Ali has heaved a sigh of relief, following the impending reality of his much-sought world record fight, which would make him the oldest man ever to enter the boxing ring for a professional world title fight.
Ali was excited and relishing joy of the moment, following long-desired confirmation by Nigeria’s sports ministry of their willingness to support him in his aspiration to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.
Sports minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung stated Tuesday in Abuja that the federal government of Nigeria had decided to support Ali in his bid to make history as the world’s oldest boxing champion, after which the pugilist declared how delighted and thrilled he is to realise his dream.
This comes more than two years after Ali put up a scene at Dalung’s office, as the cruiser-wight boxer claimed he was prevented from seeing the sports minister, after which he sent out caustic text messages.
He alleged that uniformed security officials tried to force him out of the minister’s secretary’s office, but he calmly dropped a file and phone he was carrying, then fell flat on his back across the doorway.
However, events took a different and positive turn for him on Tuesday, as Dalung inaugurated a local organizing committee for the Guinness Book of World Records Boxing Championship Fight.
The 63-year-old Ali is expected to fight a 23-year-old American in a bout that is bound to set a new world boxing record, which Dalung applauded as a credible image booster for Nigeria, adding that it will further place the nation in good light on the global stage.
In his response, the veteran boxer went on to dispel palpable fears over his health, due to his advanced age, as he disclosed that he has been adequately tested and certified fully fit and ready to step into the ring.
Ali revealed: “I have been tested from the hair on my head to the sole of my feet, and I have been confirmed healthy enough for this fight.
“I am happy that we have finally reached the point that we want, after several years of trying and working hard for it.”