Bastie Excited At WBA Ranking … And Claims He Is Ready To Take On The World

Bastie 3Potential world beater Bastie Samir, is exceedingly thrilled at his sky-scraping ranking by the World Boxing Association (WBA).

The WBA now ranks the undefeated Ghanaian super middleweight boxer seventh as he continues his build-up to the top in a division that has American Andre Ward as champion.

Ward, named Ring Magazine fighter of the year in 2011, was a former WBC super middleweight champion and gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Bastie is the only African boxer in the top 15 of the WBA rating.

“I’m excited at the ranking and hope to make the best of it when the opportunity presents itself. If you ask me, I can tell you without any fear of contradiction that I’m ready to take on the world,” Bastie – known as the ‘Beast’ declared.

The Beast is expected to leave the country for his US base in Las Vegas tomorrow to prepare for a March 24 contest on heavyweight Samuel Peter’s mega bill – against an opponent yet to be named.

The impregnable Ghanaian middleweight destroyer (15-0-1, 14KOs), has been breaking down opponents with ferocious intensity and will be expected to continue the ‘carnage’ against his next rival.

Samir, who turned professional in November 2008, appeared remarkably focused to carve a niche for himself and country this year when he spoke to the Times Sports yesterday.

“I’m prepared for anybody because I have trained for everybody. I don’t really care who my opponent is. All I know is that I’m ready for any challenge because I want to be world champion,” he stormed.

The 24-year old Ghanaian kicked off his pro-career by stopping USA’s Marvin Blair on November 8 in New York, PA and has since been based in Las Vegas.

A member of a fighting family that includes younger brother Issa Samir (IBF junior middleweight World Youth champion), Bastie enjoyed one of the most successful runs in Ghanaian amateur history, winning the African championships in 2007 and becoming captain of Ghana’s national team.

This stellar performance culminated in a stint at the 2008 Olympic Games, where he fought at light heavyweight and stopped Nigeria’s Dauda Izoba before losing a controversial 9-7 decision to Brazil’s Washington Silva.

“I think I have come a long way and for me, this is the time to explode at the slightest opportunity thrown at me,” the Beast roared.

The Beast fought for the first time in Ghana on November 10, 2012, since turning professional as he knocked out Nigeria’s Alani Sulaimon in round one of an international eight-round contest on the Baby Jet Promotions. He later engaged in a warm-up fight months later – halting his opponent in the second round.

He was invited last year by Floyd Mayweather  for a sparring session ahead of the American’s mega-fight against Saul Canelo Alvarez on September 14.  The Beast had earlier sparred with Mayweather ahead of the Miguel Cotto showdown.

On both occasions, Mayweather claimed remarkable victories – praising Bastie for giving him the “ideal test and firepower” ahead of those fights. By John Vigah

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