Wasiru Mohammed’s boxing career has been dealt another blow. Mohammed has been stripped of his WBO Global super bantamweight title by the sanctioning body.
The belt was stripped due Mohammed’s inactivity. The Accra, Ghana native hasn’t fought since January 2020, when he stopped John Amuzu of Benin in seven rounds at Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra.
Since then, the 25-year-old Mohammed (12-0, 11 KOs) has battled managerial issues, a development which contributed to him not fighting.
“His belt has been stripped after several attempts to have him defend it proved futile,” said WBO Africa President Samir Captan to BoxingAfrica.com.
“The WBO thought it wise to make the belt vacant having given him enough time to return to the ring to defend the belt.”
The WBO also dropped Mohammed from sixth to 11 in their June rankings. This comes on the heels of the news from Mohammed’s manager, trainer and promoter that the fighter has gone AWOL in recent months as they attempted to resolve outstanding issues.
Mohammed broke his silence in a recent Facebook post, claiming that his manager, John Manfo, was short-changing him although he didn’t fight
“What did I do wrong? I have invested so much into him and all he wants to do to me is to pay me back this way,” Manfo told BoxingAfrica.com.
“I don’t understand the whole thing because his behavior is strange and now that he has been stripped of his belt, I wonder how feels.”
Mohammed’s trainer, Lartekwei Lartey, believes Mohammed should reconcile with his manager, who inked a promotional deal with US-based D&D Boxing for Mohammed last February.
“He can still come back stronger if he wants because everyone wants the best for him and his career,” said Lartey.
“As it stands, his manager is just waiting to send him to the US to start fighting there and all that is left is for him to come for an amicable solution.”
Whatever is next for Mohammed, he will take that next step without a belt.