SEOUL: Quetta-born Muhammad Waseem won the World Boxing Council (WBC) silver flyweight title after defeating favourite Jether Oliva from the Philippines.
Waseem, Pakistan’s only professional boxer, began his professional career in South Korea last year and won the Korean Bantamweight title on debut. His latest win is the fourth in an unbeaten streak of wins, the previous three all ending in knockouts.
Known as ‘Falcon Khan’ for his swift boxing style, the 28-year-old dropped to a career low weight of 112 pounds for the match.
Earlier, Waseem’s manager Andy Kim, said he was in his best shape for the most important bout of his life and winning the title will change his career.
Waseem ranked sixth in the flyweight category, just behind his latest opponent. After winning this title, flyweight is set to to be ranked in the top four by the WBC and has the potential to for a world title fight soon.
The bout has seen some changes recently, with a change in venue from Singapore to South Korea and upgrading from a regional title to a WBC Silver world title fight, allowing the winner to contest a world title fight later on.