LONDON -- Self-confessed heavyweight boxing bore Funso Banjo hopes to change his unwelcome image thanks to an imaginative piece of matchmaking.
The 28-year-old Banjo, a Nigerian who has won all 14 of his contests, will fight Marvis Frazier, son of former world heavyweight champion Joe, at the Alexandra Pavilion Dec. 5.
Banjo has made himself unpopular at major London venues with negative, albeit effective, boxing. But he will be forced to show some fight and fire against the ambitious Frazier.
'Me, a bore?' Banjo said when the fight was announced. 'I've got to say: yes. At first I didn't agree, but when so many people told me I was I had to believe it. I'm boring but effective, that's what I like to think.'
Banjo will possess the physical weaponry to make a name for himself. He expects to have a weight advantage of about 20 pounds over Frazier, who was inside the cruiserweight limit of 192 pounds when he won the American title last week.
On the same bill, there will also be a first crack at American opposition, as yet unnamed, for Terry Marsh, the fighting fireman who lost 10 pounds in the sweltering heat of the small Shoreditch arena when he took the British light welterweight crown from Clinton McKenzie last month.