By Phil D. Jay
The WBC’s number one light-welterweight contender Ajose Olusegun has revealed to World Boxing News that a purse bid is to be held on Friday for his ordered world title shot against champion Danny Garcia.
The 32 year-old, who defeated Ali Chebah in September to make himself the mandatory WBC challenger, has been patiently awaiting the nod from the World Boxing Council and is hoping that all will be settled by the end of the week.
“I am getting nearer to getting the shot at the title because the WBC has ordered a purse bid for the fight which is to be held in Mexico city this Friday - so in that aspect, yes I'm closer to my goal of becoming world champion,” Olusegun told World Boxing News.
Reports that newly-crowned champion Danny Garcia could be ready for a potential three-belt unification with Amir Khan have angered the 30-0 contender and Olusegun has no intention of allowing the bout to go ahead.
“Garcia and Golden Boy Promotions have been doing their best to avoid defending against me by trying to unify the title against Amir khan with the assumption that WBA will reinstate Khan as champion following Peterson's drug test failure and that I will be willing to step aside,” explained the British-based African.
“I can tell you categorically that I have no intention whatsoever to step aside and I am glad that the WBC has been honourable in sticking with their words that I'll fight for the title.
“Whether that will be against Garcia or the next available contender is a matter for the WBC as Garcia may be stripped for refusing to defend against me.
“Once again, am not ready to step aside. All I want is my deserved fair shot at the title. I have waited long enough,” he frustratingly added.
Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net