Waseem likely to go for world title bout this summer

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LAHORE: Pakistan’s premier professional boxer and three-time WBC world silver flyweight champion Mohammad Waseem is highly likely to return to the ring in the next few weeks when he will take on one of the best fighters of the world in the world title fight.

The name of the opponent against whom Waseem will fight in the world title fight is being kept secret here due to some reasons but he is one of the greatest fighters in the world’s professional boxing circuit, also having to his credit six world titles, and four in four different weight divisions.

According to sources close to Waseem the Quetta-born fighter, who is working under the UAE-based Disrupt Promotions, will move to Glasgow in the next three days to begin his training for what could be a major title.

However sources said that the actual details of his fight will be known when Waseem will join training in Glasgow which has been his major training destination for the last few years.

It is also not yet known who will be his coach in Glasgow. However, sources close to Waseem said that his former coach Danny Vaughn’s services may also be acquired. “But this all will be done with the proper consent of the Disrupt Promotions which has purchased assets from Probellum, Waseem’s former promotions, a few months ago,” the source said.

When approached Waseem endorsed the details, saying, he desperately wants to return to the ring.

“Yes, it’s the case and I plan to fight in the next couple of months,” Waseem told ‘The News’.

“It has been too long since I played my last world title fight against Sunny Edwards of England in Dubai in March 2022. I am impatiently waiting for the next fight,” Waseem said.

“I will move to Glasgow in the next few days. I am working on my ticket confirmation. I have England visa and hopefully will fly to Glasgow soon,” said Waseem, also the 2014 Asian Games bronze medallist.

“I am used to live in Glasgow as it has been since long I have been training there and I will also be able to manage there some good sparring partners,” Waseem said.

Waseem also confirmed that he will be going to play a direct world title fight.

However he said that the time is short and he will have to move to Glasgow quickly to begin his training.

“Although the time is short but I am confident I will be able to bring myself in perfect shape inside four weeks,” said Waseem, who also has to his credit two medals in the Commonwealth Games.

Waseem is undergoing training in Islamabad but he said he does not find all the facilities which are required for preparing for the world title fight.

“Here training issues are there. You don’t find all the required facilities and even you cannot manage top food which is required. In Glasgow I will be able to manage everything required and that will be very helpful to prepare for the top fight,” Waseem said.

Waseem said that he is also trying to manage some sponsors in Pakistan.

“Sponsorship is a big issue. I have tried to contact some companies but nothing is yet final. I also tried to meet the Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif but in that zone too I did not succeed. Let’s see how it goes,” Waseem said.

Waseem has so far played 14 fights in his pro career, having won 12, losing just two which were both the world title fights he played against South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane and Sunny Edwards of England. (Credit The News)

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