From our correspondent
KARACHI: Former World Boxing Council (WBC) two-time flyweight world silver champion Mohammad Waseem will return to ring when he will face former European champion Ryan Farrag of England in a ranking fight slated to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on March 28.
Waseem had skipped March 6 fight which was scheduled in Dubai due to lack of preparation.
The 32-year old Farrag has played 20 bouts with five knock-out wins, losing four with one knock-out.
“My opponent is tough but I am confident to beat him,” Waseem said on Saturday.
Waseem underwent a couple of weeks training in Dubai under his coach Danny Vaughan.
“We worked on skills,” Waseem said.
When asked whether the one-month time would be enough for him to prepare properly Waseem said time was too short.
“Its too short as I have not done any sparring and will need to work harder in the remaining time at my disposal,” the former Asian Games bronze medallist said.
Waseem returned to Islamabad from Dubai on Saturday to apply for Kazakhstan’s visa.
“I will apply for Kazakhstan’s visa and will then fly to Glasgow to make a plan. May be I go to Spain for training before going to Kazakhstan,” Waseem said.
Waseem has at his disposal just 27 days but he has to do some other jobs along with training.
The Quetta-born boxer’s whole life is spending in getting visas. And being a Pakistani fighter he often faces problems in getting visas. MTK Global, under whose wings Waseem plays, also is worried for Waseem as far as his visa issues are concerned.
Waseem skipped the March 6 fight in Dubai because he was waiting for his passport which he had submitted for Spain visa. And that wasted much of his time. Now his fight has been announced but he left camp in Dubai to rush to Pakistan to apply for Kazakhstan’s visa as there was no arrangment for applying for Kazakhstan’s visa in Dubai.
Kazakhstan has made the visa requirements so tough that Waseem will have to prepare several documents for visa on the one hand and will have to train on the other.
Aftr getting his Kazakhstan’s visa he will go to Glasgow, then Spain and Kazakhstan.
“Its really tough. I am worried,” Waseem told this correspondent.
Waseem should have been issued an official passport by the Pakistan’s government as he is the country’s super athlete and is currently fifth in the world in order to protect him from such burden.
Waseem’s England visa will also expire on March 18. And after playing his fight in Kazakhstan he again will have to return and apply for England visa. “Its a big, big issue. I don’t know what to do,” Waseem said.
Waseem last year fought twice in September and November, winning both to occupy fifth spot in the IBF flyweight rankings.