Bastie Samir -The media has indeed gotten a huge share of the mixed reactions which engulfed the whole of Ghana regarding the unprecedented defeat of the ‘unbeatable’ Ghanaian boxer Brimah Kamoko, known commonly as Bukom Banku.
The vibrant boxer known for his controversial ways was woefully defeated by former amateur boxing team captain Bastie Samir at the Bukom Boxing Arena on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Given that boxing is one of the sports that has gripped many Ghanaians intensely, the passion for the sport is quite exhilarating. As with the sport of boxing, opponent talking badly about each other is more of a spectacle to watch that animosity especially in the eyes of the fans.
Bukom Banku who earlier bragged about defeating the 31-year-old in the third round was brought to his knees in the 7th Round after yet another punch landed him on the floor, leaving referee, Roger Banner with no option but to end the bout.
For you reading this, you’re either still in awe (if you’ve had enough of Banku’s braggings) or disappointment (if you’re one of his trusted allies) over the fight.
Nevertheless, regardless of whose side you’re on, there is something everyone wants to know more about the ‘lesser popular’ figure who brought the mighty Banku to is knees.
On this note, here is a brief biography and five buzz facts you should know about Bastie Samie.
Bastie Samie Brief Bio
Bastie Samir is a Ghanian boxer who was born in May 1986. He is quite famous for the feat of knocking out the entire number of opponents he has faced except for one with whom he made a draw. Therefore, he has had 15 wins and 1 draw in his career so far. As a result of his fierceness he has been nicknamed “The Beast.” In 2008, he relocated to the United States in search for better opportunities in the sport. He eventually found success as he won a good number of bouts over there. Some of his opponents who have been defeated by him include; Billy Cunningham, Greg Hacket, Damon Reed, Joseph Dunn, Jacob Alvarez, and Mavin Blair.
In 2016, he stepped up in his career as himself and Issa Samir (his Junior brother) were signed by Golden Boy Promotions, headed by Oscar De La Hoya. It was in the following year, 2017, that he defeated the famous Ghanaian boxer, “Bukom Banku” in a knockout.
Bastie Samie Facts
1 He is Nicknamed ‘The Beast’
Bastie Samie is called the Beast. His nickname follows an impressive record of knocking out all his opponents in his 17 bouts. Samir has got 16 wins, 0 losses and one draw (16-0-1, 15 KO’s).
Bastie Samir is no ‘small’ boxer as he is highly regarded as a very good fighter among his counterparts. Even the great Floyd Mayweather admitted to his toughness after training with him.
Having faced the Ghanaian in a 15 round sparring session, Mayweather admitted to Samir’s toughness and tenacity.
2. US Based
Bastie’s victory has gained him much prominence in the Ghanaian media and this has also brought about a lot of questions about the boxer.
In case you have been wondering, Bastie is from Ghana but resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. He relocated to the US in 2008 and has won many professional bouts there. He still resides there till date but makes out time to come back home to visit family members in his home country Ghana.
3. Bastie Samir Records
We cannot say if Bukom Banku only overlooked the impressive records of the US Based boxer while he bragged about defeating him, as his records have never been hidden from the media.
Let us break it down, Bastie won the African Amateur Championships in the welterweight division in May 2007. He represented Ghana and won silver at the 2007 All-Africa Games boxing welterweight division and qualified for the Olympics 2008 in the light-heavyweight division.
Beating popular opponents like Mavin Blair, Jacob Alvarez, Joseph Dunn, Damon Reed, and others, Samir is surely not below average. As a matter of fact, his 6th round split draw with Lester Gonzalez in April 2011 is the only blemish on his record. But he is a champ nonetheless as he is poised for even better accolades as his career progresses.
In his 15 bouts, he won the African Amateur Championships in the welterweight division in May 2007. He represented Ghana and won silver at the 2007 All-Africa Games boxing welterweight division. He qualified for the Olympics 2008 in the light-heavyweight division.
5. Issah Samir’s Brother
Bastie Samir is the brother of bantamweight Issa Samir and is the team captain of Ghana’s national team Black Bombers. Issah won silver in the bantamweight division at the 2007 All-Africa Games and qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.