Shefat Isufi is still the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Light Heavyweight champion after retaining his title on Friday night at the Rudolf Weber Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.
Isufi (32) took on hard-as-nails Canadian Ryan Ford, and after a close and entertaining encounter he emerged victorious by unanimous decision.
All three judges saw it the same: 115-113 for the defending champion, who improved his professional record to 36-4-2 (24). Ford, a former UBO World and WBC International Silver titlist, drops to 17-8 (12).
Isufi had won the WBF World title last April when he out-scored Bulgarian Grigor Saruhanian, and was making his first title-defense.
The fight headlined a card promoted by Alexander Petkovic.
Shefat Isufi Defends WBF World Title Against Ryan Ford In Germany
World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Light Heavyweight champion Shefat Isufi will make his first title-defense on September 16, when he faces Canadian challenger Ryan Ford at the Rudolf Weber Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.
Isufi, 35-4-2 (24), won the WBF world title in April, defeating Bulgarian Grigor Saruhanian by unanimous decision. He has since kept active with a non-title fight victory, beating former WBF World Super Middleweight champion Bernard Donfach on points in July.
In Ryan Ford, 17-7 (12), nicknamed “The Real Deal”, he will be in with an experienced and rugged campaigner, who has proved his worth on several occasions.
In 2017 the man from Edmonton, who is also a successful MMA fighter, won and defended the UBO World Light Heavyweight title, beating credible foes in Sam Rapira and Robert Berridge.
On his last visit to Germany, in 2019, he captured a WBC regional belt at Light Heavyweight, stopping undefeated Serge Michel in eight rounds.
The Shefat Isufi vs. Ryan Ford WBF World Light Heavyweight title fight will be promoted by Petko´s Boxing, headed by former Heavyweight contender Alexander Petkovic.