Ashira vs Masoe For Vacant WBA title

13.01.04 - Originally, middleweights Evans “The African Warrior” Ashira (23-0, 13 KOs) and Maselino Masoe (25-2, 24 KOs) were supposed to meet up in an eliminator for the number-one position in the WBA world rankings. But their fight, which will go to purse-bids this coming Saturday in Miami, Florida, has now been elevated to being for the vacant WBA “world” title.

WBA # 4 Masoe is not a very known name on the middleweight scene, and is based in New Zeland, while being of Samoan origin. Ashira, a Danish-based Kenyan contracted to Don King Productions, is ranked number 5 by the WBA, and is in the top-ten with all the major organizations (IBF # 3, WBC # 6, WBO # 10).

Undefeated Ashira is, without a doubt, the one of the two with the best opposition on his record. In only his ninth bout he won the IBF Intercontinental title at 154 Lbs, but then his career seemed to stall a bit. In late 2002, after 21 fights in Denmark, he signed with DKP, and this past September he travelled to Germany to stop highly regarded Jerry Elliott (37-2-1, 27 KOs) in nine one-sided rounds in a defence of the WBA International belt.

Masoe holds the PABA middleweight title, and is riding a seven bout winning streak with all of them coming inside the distance. He has defended the PABA belt five times, and the two losses on his record were to world-class performers Tito Mendoza and now former WBA light middleweight world champion Santriago Samaniego.

The winner of the Ashira – Masoe clash will be mandated to fight WBA # 2, and former WBO world titlist, Bert Schenk within 90 days.

Article posted on 13.01.2004

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