KARACHI: Pakistan boxing champion Mohammad Waseem has grabbed the number five spot in the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight rankings, his promoter Andy Kim said on Thursday.
“We hoped for the top ranking but that was the most we could push for at the WBC convention in Miami,” Kim said.
Waseem will now be aiming for the top spot in fights next year.
“The plan for Waseem will be one more WBC silver flyweight title defence versus another world ranker or other sanctioning bodies, a final eliminator and challenge for world title by the end of 2017,” Kim said.
According to WBC regulations, Waseem is required to defend his title within 90 days since his last fight in order to remain champion.
“But we requested to extend the duration a little bit as Waseem was hit in the eye and needed more time to recover,” the Pakistan champion’s promoter said.
Kim said the next year is of great importance for the Quetta-born boxer.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved a Rs30 million grant for Waseem. Pakistan Sports Board’s director general Akhtar Nawaz Gengera said the money will be spent on the boxer’s training as well as funding for his tours.
Gengera said the Pakistan government will continue its support for Waseem.
Waseem defended his WBC silver flyweight title after defeating Giemel Megramo of the Philippines last month. This was Waseem’s fifth fight of his ongoing professional career and the boxer has so far remained unbeatable.