Waseem becomes Pakistan's first silver flyweight champion

Published: July 17, 2016
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Muhammad Waseem defeats Philippines’ Jether Oliva in Seoul. PHOTO COURTESY: Andy Kim

Muhammad Waseem defeats Philippines’ Jether Oliva in Seoul. PHOTO COURTESY: Andy Kim

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Muhammad Waseem became the country’s first boxer to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver flyweight title as he defeated Philippines’ Jether Oliva at the Hilton Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday.

The judges unanimously declared the Quetta-based boxer as the winner, after he battled against his opponent for 12 rounds.

Waseem, nicknamed Falcon, is the only Pakistani boxer competing at the professional circuit. He made a move to professional boxing after getting disheartened with the Pakistan Boxing Federation’s (PBF) negligence towards the boxers.

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Currently, the 28-year-old is working with Korean promoter Andy Kim and was trained for this bout by Floyd Mayweather’s uncle Jeff Mayweather in Las Vegas, Nevada for a month.

After an evenly matched first two rounds, the Pakistani pugilist picked up the pace and dominated the encounter till the final bell.

Previously, Waseem had only taken up three bouts and had won all of them on knock-outs. He was aiming for the fourth knock-out of his career, however, Oliva stood his ground.

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Prior to the bout, he told The Express Tribune that he was ready for the fight and to win without any doubt. “I’m ready for the fight, and I’ve been working for this opportunity all my life,” he said.

Meanwhile, the WBC Silver flyweight champion is aiming to become the WBC World Champion after picking four more wins this year to challenge for the title. Two years ago he won silver at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

According to Express News, Balochistan’s chief minister Sanaullah Zehri congratulated the Quetta-based boxer on his historic achievement. Also, the provincial sports minister announced Rs 0.5 million for the 28-year-old on his fourth professional boxing win.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • johnpauljones
    Jul 17, 2016 - 12:49PM

    Good to know ! Been following him for a while as i always felt he had the heart and determination of good fighter. CongratsRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jul 17, 2016 - 1:10PM

    Congrats !! Glad this fellow doesn’t have a glass chin like our man in UK..Recommend

  • Babar
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:51PM

    Congratulations, we are proud of you. Nation is proud of youRecommend

  • Owais
    Jul 17, 2016 - 3:22PM

    Proud Of You Man. I Was Looking Forward To This Bout From 1st Of July. The Opponent Was Experienced And Was Favourite To Win But I Knew Deep Down Eventually You Are Gonna Win.Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Jul 17, 2016 - 6:59PM

    Shame on PBF ( Pakistan Boxing Federation). After getting no response from PBF The Boxer Waseem decided to join the professional boxing.He got no funding from PBF. His sponsors did everything for him. The top guys in PBF are enjoying millions and all are friends of Ruling PMLN. There should be a proper investigation. But again if one will go then another friend of Nawaz Sharif will get this position.
    Pakistan is the worst place for any sportsperson. From PBF, Pakistan sports board in general to PFF ( Football federation ) all are controlled by PMLN and Military friends. They earn billions, win free trips for family and friends and do nothing for the sport.
    There are hundreds of Waseem out there. But they do not have enough money to join professional boxing. They probably have to leave Pakistan to further their career.Recommend

  • Aviator
    Jul 18, 2016 - 4:45AM

    Congrats!Recommend

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