Boxing promoter Ben Shalom said that Martin Bakole has proven himself to be one of the most dangerous challengers in the heavyweight division. / Photo: Instagram @boxxer
LONDON – The boss of boxing promotion company Boxxer, Ben Shalom, said that Martin Bakole has proven himself to be one of the most dangerous challengers in the heavyweight division. Bakole showed his ferocity in his last appearance.
Yes, competing in the undercard duel between Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last weekend, Bakole finished off Carlos Takam in 4 rounds. For more than 6 years, no one has ever been able to beat Takam quickly. He also has experience fighting Anthony Joshua, Joe Joyce, and many more.
“His stoppage win over Carlos Takam was the best win on the night’s card, and showed without a doubt that he is ready for a world title fight and a big opportunity,” said Shalom as quoted by Sky Sports. “I think he will beat both of them (Fury and Ngannou),” he added.
Bakole weighs less than 300 kg, the highest weight he has ever recorded in his career. However, he was able to overcome a tough and experienced fighter in Takam, even though he was not yet fully fit.
“(Bakole) has a back injury, which means he can’t train, can’t run, can’t spar more than two rounds,” Shalom said.
According to Shalom, Bakole is targeting Ngannou and also the heavyweight champions. “He would like a big fight someday against Francis Ngannou,” said Shalom.
“I know they both want to fight in Africa, so it could be a big fight in the future. Martin has a lot of time, especially with the age of the current heavyweight champions,” he continued.
Bakole (20-1, 15KO) is one of the many boxers who wants to fight Ngannou, as well as save the reputation of the sport of boxing against the MMA fighter. “I think everyone in the boxing world is shocked. When a heavyweight champion fights like he did against a mixed martial arts fighter, it’s incredible,” said Shalom.
“I think Tyson (Fury) is out of form. But Francis Ngannou is really performing well. Some big nights for him are coming up and it will be interesting to see how he does. I don’t think anyone will underestimate him now.” he continued.
“It will be interesting to see how many times he wants to box. We think everyone will want to promote Francis after this. I think he has shown himself to be very dangerous. With the profile he has, he can be one of the big forces in the heavyweight division, ” concluded Shalom.