Muhammad Waseem gets WBC Silver flyweight title shot
Pakistani boxer, Muhammad Waseem, who recently turned pro, will fight Philippines’ Olivia Jether for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver flyweight title on July 17th in Singapore.
Muhammad ‘Falcon’ Waseem has contested in three bouts since he turned pro and he has been extremely impressive in the short span. The Quetta based boxer has knocked out all of his three opponents in his previous fights.
Andy Kim, the promoter of the Pakistani boxing star, said that the opportunity to fight for the WBC Silver title is precious for Muhammad Waseem.
Kim told Express Tribune, “We’re fortunate to get this opportunity, a WBC title will help Waseem get into the WBC top ranking.”
The World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver flyweight title was announced vacant by the WBC due to the controversial last fight for the prize between Filipino boxer Randy Petalcorin and Australia-based Tanzanian Omari Kimweri. Judges unfairly made decision in favor of Kimweri, despite of Petalcorin’s four knock downs.
Mauricio Sulaiman, the Chairman of the WBC visited Korea recently where he met Waseem’s promoter, Kim. He told, “Sulaiman recently visited Korea before this bout and all we talked about was Waseem.”
As the WBC flyweight title didn’t belong to anyone, it wasn’t difficult for Waseem’s promoters to fix a fight against Olivia Jether for the title, “We asked WBC and luckily they approved it,” said Kim.
The WBC Silver title is of the same worth of World Boxing Association’s interim title. Earlier in his career, Amir Khan also held the title, but, in the welterweight category.
Andy Kim further said, “It’s a huge opportunity for Waseem as no one can imagine fighting for a title of this stature after only three professional bouts,” he went on to say, “We are keeping his training and preparations in check. If Waseem wins, he will be catapulted to the top ranking.”
It will be a tough fight for the Asian and Commonwealth medalist, Muhammad Waseem as his opponent; Jether has fought 30 fights as a pro, won 23 of them, lost 5 and 2 ended as draw.
Waseem is likely to train at the Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas for the fight