WBAN would like to introduce bantamweight (119 lbs) Abosede Obisanya, 21 years old, of Nigeria, who is a fairly new professional on the scene.
Obisanya had her pro debut on January 20, 2019, winning her bout by KO in the second round against Mariam Oladejo, in a scheduled four round bout. In her second professional fight in January 2020, she had a four-round split draw against Oyindamola Ayodele. Her pro record is currently 1-0-1 (1KO). She has come from the amateurs and WBAN would need to follow up on the amateur boxing record a this time.
Obisanya began her boxing career when she was 13 years old. Her last amateur competition was in December of 2018.
Obisanya said to WBAN out of wonderment, “I wonder why promoters, managers, boxing fans, even some boxing management don’t believe in African female fighters. I would like to take this opportunity on WBAN to call out some American females boxers. I am going to show them the real talent in Africa boxing.”
“Some of the boxers I would like to call out would be Rebecca light, Michelle Morales, Iris Contreras, Mikayla Nebel, Karan Dulin, Danielle Bennett, Angelina Hoffschneider, Angela Galran and many more other female fighters in American with the record of five fights,” added Obisanya.
I interviewed Obisanya about her background in boxing.
Sue TL Fox: What made you decide to get into boxing?
Obisanya: I decide to get into boxing because of self defense not knowing that I will later take it as a career until I watch Claressa Shields fight on YouTube. I got attracted with the way she dressed and also thinking maybe she’s Africa but I later find out that she’s American.
Sue TL Fox: Were you in other sports at the time?
Obisanya: No, I was not in any other sports at that time.
Sue TL Fox: What is it like to train in Nigeria, do they accept you in your area to be a boxer?
Obisanya: Yes, I was accepted by my neighbors husband who is an assistant coach to the gym I first train.
Sue TL Fox: What does your family feel about you boxing?
Obisanya: Some of my family doesn’t know except my uncle and Aunt but my dad did not put hand there when he heard that I do go to boxing gym, my father thought I might get injured until I had my first bout in another state which was the 2017 National Youth event. Fortunately, I got the gold medal in my weight category.
Sue TL Fox: What has been the most frustrating thing for you in the sport so far?
Obisanya: The most frustrating thing that I ever came across in the game was when I was an amateur. We went to a boxing day competition, I train for two weeks for the fight but when I got there, I was told my opponent did not come. She had failed the medical. Also, when I went for the 2017 national youth game the head coach (borno state) did not believe in me because I do am in the last anytime we go on a jog. He believes in others boxers than me. I was so frustrating that how come this coach will believe in other boxers than not me. Knowing that I will be the only boxer to will get the state a gold medal. Also, I was the first boxer to ever collect a gold medal for the state (borno state).
Sue TL Fox: Where did you have your amateur fights? Give more details about your amateur background.
Obisanya: My first amateur fight was in a boxing day competition in a far area, I fought with a heavyweight boxer because there was no opponent for the girl so my coach force me to fight the girl but I was scared because she’s an heavyweight boxer but later agree to fight her so it was a draw decision, I fought in boxing hall of fame, boxing tournament, exhibition fight and many more so I had a total of 79 amateur fights. (WBAN needs to verify the amateur bouts)
Sue TL Fox: Do you have family members, also in boxing?
Obisanya: My junior brother was in to boxing too before, but now his not more doing the sport again.