The last time Loua Nassa shared top billing on live TV, he suffered a painful KO defeat. The 22-year-old gets a shot at redemption on October 12 though at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena, when he takes on Tanzania’s Nasibu Ramadhan, 25-12-2 (13), live on Freesports (Freeview 95, Freesat 252, Sky 422, BT 95, Talk Talk 95, Virgin 553).
It was at the same venue in February, again live on Freesports, that Nassa, 11-1, suffered his only pro loss. The ‘Steel City’ fighter was challenging Brad Watson for the Guernsey man’s English Super Flyweight belt but, despite bossing the early rounds, ran out of steam and was stopped in the final tenth round.
Determined that this time his TV exposure will lead to a different outcome, Loua says that he will not only beat his African opponent in their Commonwealth Bantamweight Title eliminator, but is planning to end proceedings early.
“I don’t see the Brad Watson fight as a loss, and I learned a lot from it,” explained Nassa, who is one of five fighting siblings. “I feel like everything happens for a reason and maybe it was meant to happen. I’m just really excited to come back, and come back stronger. I feel more mature and can’t wait to get out there and win again.
“When I’ve watched the Watson fight back, it’s hard, but I feel like I lost the fight because of me, not because he was better than me. I let emotions take over and I was maybe a bit too light and weak at the weight. I’ve learned my lessons though. This fight, I’ve righted the wrongs and it’s like redemption for me.
“Ramadhan is an experienced fighter and he’s going to be a tough opponent who will come to win, but I’m going to knock him out. I really feel like I’m going to stop him and this will be the fight that puts me back into the mix.
“I’m very excited and can’t wait to get in there. I want to get my first win on TV and show everyone what I can do. I trust in Dennis [Hobson] and know he’ll get me the title shots. After this fight, winning will elevate me and will allow me to fight for other titles, even if it’s not the Commonwealth.”
Manager Dennis Hobson stated: “There aren’t many fighters that don’t lose, but it’s all about how you come back from a loss. I have faith in Loua and still believe he can go onto bigger things. This is an important fight for him, and getting a shot at the Commonwealth Title will be a big step, because it’s a meaningful belt that can move fighters onto the international stage.
“This is going to be another great night of boxing. We’ve continually produced the goods for the Freesports viewers, the feedback we’ve had on the shows we’ve worked on so far has been excellent, and I’m expecting Loua’s fight, as well as Tommy Frank who is also topping the bill, to be tremendous TV viewing again.”
Dennis Hobson Promotions present an evening of boxing at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on October 12. Topping the bill will be Sheffield’s Tommy Frank and Loua Nassa in Commonwealth Title eliminators. The undercard will feature Sheffield fighters Dan West; Kane Salvin; Keenan Wainwright; Sufyaan Ahmed; Mohammed Alqotaibi, and Hakeem Nassa. Also appearing will be Manchester’s Michael Gomez Jr, and Buxton’s Irvin Mango.
For ticket information, call 0114 243 4443.
The show will be televised live on Freesports (Freeview 95, Freesat 252, Sky 422, BT 95, Talk Talk 95, Virgin 553).