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Ra’eese Aleem confident of winning on the road and landing world title shot

Ra'eese Aleem. Photo credit: MJS Entertainment

Undefeated super bantamweight contender Ra’eese ‘The Best’ Aleem 20-0 (12) is expecting a brutal chess match when he locks horns with Sam ‘The Ghost’ Goodman 14-0 (7) in an IBF 1222-pound world title eliminator at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on Sunday afternoon local time.

The fight will be broadcast on Showtime and will be the main support bout to Tim Tszyu’s WBO interim junior middleweight title defence against Carlos Ocampo.

Goodman, 24, from Albion Park in New South Wales, is coming off a career best win over former IBF super bantamweight champion TJ Doheny on points over 10 rounds on the undercard of Tszyu’s fight against Tony Harrison in March.

The 32-year-old Aleem, who is from Muskegon, Michigan but boxes out of Las Vegas, Nevada, arrived in Australia on Thursday last week and is settling in well as he tapers off ahead of the Goodman bout.

“I believe my fight with Goodman is going to be a war,” Aleem said. “He does a lot of nice things in the ring, but so do I. It’s a matchup of unique styles. He likes to fight off the back foot and I like to do multiple things. I’ll be throwing hard punches as always looking for the knockout. It’s going to be a chess match, but a brutal one.”

Aleem was last in action in September when he pitched a 10-round shutout over world rated Mike Plania after dropping him in the second round.

He says his camp went well and he is on target to make the 122-pound weight limit.

“I kept my weight in check, so I feel strong going into this fight,” Aleem said. “I feel everything came together during this camp and I’m ready to go.”

The patriotic Aleem will be fighting outside of the US for the first time in his 12 year pro career, but he says it is something he is looking forward to.

“Deep down inside I’m excited to be fighting Goodman in his Australia, where he calls home,” Aleem said. “I’m a proud American and I’ll do anything to bring pride to our country. Although it’s just a boxing match, we’ll be going toe-to-toe and I’ll be representing the great United States of America.”

There is a lot on the line for the victor, who will be in line for a shot at recently crowned IBF bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales 37-3 (19).

“Winning this fight will catapult me to a world title shot,” Aleem said. “Not only am I fighting someone in his own country, but it’s a title elimination bout to see who’s next to fight for the title. “

“Everything changes for me if I win this fight, so you best believe I’m coming with everything I got. I’m leaving everything in the ring against Goodman.”