I just wanted to defend my title, says champion Waseem

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Mohammad Waseem successfully defended his WBC silver flyweight title after defeating Giemel Magramo of the Philippines in Seoul, South Korea. (FILE PHOTO)

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Mohammad Waseem successfully defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) silver flyweight title after defeating Giemel Magramo of the Philippines in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday.

“It was a very tough fight, where both of us tried to knock each other out. I got cuts on both of my eyes. It was very much an evenly contested bout,” Waseem, 28, told ARY News.

“I had worked really hard for this. I just wanted to defend my world title. It is considered a great honour to defend your title.”

The Quetta-born boxer, alias ‘Falcon’, outplayed his Filipino counterpart in what was dubbed as tough 12-round fight.

Waseem not only successfully defended his world title, but also put a dent on Magramo’s record who had been undefeated in his previous 17 bouts, out of which 13 had been knockouts.

The 28-year-old Waseem, who won the WBC silver flyweight title in July this year after beating Philippines’ Jether Oliva, was upset on not getting any recognition from Pakistan’s government.

“I am saddened that Pakistan government did not support me at all,” he said. “The promises made to me were never fulfilled.”

In an earlier interview to ARY, Waseem said he tried to meet Pakistan Sports Board’s officials several times but to no avail.

He said support from government and the corporate sector will help him progress and he will be able to win more titles for the country.

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