Hard-hitting Bastie ‘Doobia’ Samir continued his stirring build-up to a world title when he outpointed America’s Sijuola Ade Shabazz in a super middleweight contest at the Fantasy Springs Casino in California, US, at the weekend.
Even though Samir had not fought competitively for nearly two years, the 30-year-old Ghanaian was razor-sharp and aggressive throughout the six-round session, punishing Shabazz with some ferocious body punches and hooks.
It did not come as any surprise to the packed Springs Casino crowd when he knocked his opponent down in the opening round but the American was saved by the bell.
Indeed, so compelling was Samir’s dominance that the judges virtually had little work to do in determining who the winner was.
Judges Tony Crebs, Fernando Villarreal and Zac Young scored the fight 58-55, 58-55, 58-55 all for the unbeaten Ghanaian who has promised to dash for the jugular in subsequent engagements
Doobia, thus, improved his records to 15 fights, 14 by way of knockouts and a draw.
An elated Samir was grateful to God for the victory and insisted that it was the beginning of great things to come.
“The journey of a great story has started. The road to annexing the world title has begun,” he told the Times Sports, at the weekend.
Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, promoters of the bout, signed on Samir to a five-year deal, last year.
By John Vigah