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Ra’eese Aleem holds no fear about facing Sam Goodman in Australia

Ra'eese Aleem

Super bantamweight contender Ra’eese Aleem 20-0 (12) says he has no qualms about leaving his comfort zone when he travels to Australia to face Sam ‘The Ghost’ Goodman 14-0 (7) in a 12-round elimination bout at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland on June 18 local time.

The bout will fight will take place on the undercard of the WBO interim junior middleweight bout between Tim Tszyu and Carlos Ocampo.

The 32-year-old Aleem, hailing from the United States, is embracing stepping out of his comfort zone to fight Goodman in his home country of Australia. This will be the first time in his challenging career that Aleem will fight out of the USA. For years, Aleem has been ducked by all the top fighters in the division. He explains why he is willing to travel outside of the country for a fight.

“I am thrilled to be back in the ring and eager to showcase my skills on Australian soil,” IBF number five Aleem said from his training camp in Las Vegas. “Stepping out of the USA for the first time in my career is my way of letting everyone in boxing know that I’m ready to do whatever it takes to get a title shot.

“I am fully prepared to leave everything in the ring and make a decisive statement by getting the knockout. I don’t want to let any decision be in the hands of the judges. I feel winning this fight outside of the USA will show how serious I am about becoming world champion.”

Goodman, 24, knows he will have a tricky opponent in front of him.

“It’s not the traditional American fighter style,” IBF number four Goodman said. “He does a few things that are a bit different. It’s just about how quick I can work that out to be honest.

“I’ve seen a few of his fights where he has looked quite sloppy, especially when he tries to push the pace, he almost undoes himself. But he is capable of boxing as well, so I don’t know which Aleem we’re going to get, but I’ll be prepared for all of them. I’ll get the best possible work I can get in and like I said, I’ll be ready for whatever he brings.”

“Aleem has proven that he’s one of the best fighters in the 122-pound division and its no secret why he’s also the most avoided fighter at super bantamweight,” said Greg Hannley, Aleem’s manager and CEO of Prince Ranch Boxing.

“Aleem should be applauded for fighting overseas against a guy fighting in his own country. He’s hungry and he’s ready to come out victorious.”

Aleem vs Goodman will air live on Showtime in the United States on June 17 from 10pm ET/7PM PT in a Premier Boxing Champions event.