By Elliot Foster
Bob Ajisafe has had his next opponent confirmed.
The Commonwealth and former British light heavyweight champion, 31, will fight for the vacant IBO title, as part of the undercard to Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title defence against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on May 21 at MegaSport Arena in Moscow, Russia.
Ajisafe, who holds a pro ledger of 16-2 (7 KOs) and is nicknamed ‘Lionheart’, has been out of action since June but looks scheduled to vie for the belt against undefeated Russian prospect Umar Salamov, with the show being screened exclusively live on BoxNation in the UK.
Salamov, the WBO European champion at 175lbs, is undefeated with 15 wins and 12 stoppages since turning professional in December, 2012.
The IBO Youth & WBO Youth champion, who is 21 and based out of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, has some good wins on his slate, namely against fighters such as Tomas Adamek and Doudou Ngumbu and his last outing, which came in Grozny last month, was a two-round stoppage of Joey Vegas on the undercard of a world title fight.
Ajisafe against Salamov will feature alongside the WBA and IBF cruiserweight title unification clash between Denis Lebedev and Victor Ramirez, while Dmitry Bivol will challenge Felix Valera for the WBA interim light heavyweight title on a card on which Dmitry Kudryashov and Rakhim Chakhkiev are also a part.