In the space of just 10 months Muhammad Waseem (4-0, 3) has gone from being an amateur fighter to a man holding a WBC Silver title and after just 4 fights many have began tipping him to become the first Pakistan born world champion, and the first champion to box out of Korea in over a decade. His rise has been amazing and more tellingly he has substance as well as everything else. He's not been matched easily to get into the world rankings but instead has set about making a statement from his debut, a Korean Bantamweight title bout, to his last fight, a contest with former world title challenger Jether Oliva.
His tough run looks set to continue in November with promotional outfit AK Promotions, the Korean promotional team behind Waseem, announcing on facebook that their man would return to defend his title against Filipino Giemel Magramo (17-0, 13).
The facebook post states the bout has been made for November 27th at the Hilton Hotel, in Seoul, and will be televised on SBS Sports in Korea.
The bout will be Waseem's first defense of the WBC Silver Flyweight title, a title he won back in July when he defeat Jether Oliova with a 12 round decision, in a bout that can be seen below and could potentially see him climb up the WBC rankings as well as move into the IBF rankings, with the IBF having Magramo in their top 15.
For the 21 year old Magramo the bout is a big step up in class, however he has looked excellent himself, albeit at a much lower level. His best wins are victories over Renz Rosia and Rolio Golez and although he isn't as proven as Waseem, a former amateur standout before turning professional, he will certainly have no fear coming in to this bout.
At the moment we have no details in regards to the under-card but we suspect the under-card will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Earlier today Filipino fans had two shows with a number of prospects in action.
In Metro Manila fans saw possibly the most promising of the prospects in action, Giemel Magramo (17-0, 13). The unbeaten 21 year old was making the first defense of his WBC International Flyweight title and managed to over-come fellow Filipino Renz Rosia (12-5, 6) with a unanimous decision to continue his reign. The unbeaten fighter won the title last year, stopping power puncher Jeny Boy Boca in 6 rounds and was rising a 10 fight stoppage run. That stoppage run came to an end, but Magramo did complete the 10 round schedule for the first time and will know that he stepped up a level here.
In Cebu fans had even more chances to see promising fighters as they took a step up.
One of those was power punching Minimumweight Melvin Jerusalem (10-0, 7), who came into his bout following a recent win over Florante Condes. The unbeaten 22 year old was able to over-come fellow Filipino Jonathan Refugio (15-5-4, 3). On paper Jerusalem was always going to be the favourite, especially given that Refugio was 4-4 in his last 8, however Refugio was full of confidence following a recent win over Richard Claveras and proved his toughness again here and went 10 rounds with Jerusalem in a losing effort. Refugio was dropped, and almost stopped in the final round, and the performance again showed what a great prospect Jerusalem looks to be.
Another puncher in action here was Jeo Santisima (11-2, 10) who's power did end the action as he saw off Indonesian Junior Bajawa (14-9, 7), giving Bajawa his 6th stoppage lose. The powerful Santisima dropped Bajawa mid way through round 3 and the Indonesian happily took the full 10 count.
Tomorrow boxing fans will be turning their attention to Thailand, where Channel 7 will be airing a world title bout on what looks to be a very interest card.
That world title bout will see WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (51-3, 35) [ผึ้งหลวง ส.สิงห์อยู่] face off against Filipino challenger Jetro Pabustan (26-2-6, 7).
Today those two men took part in their weigh in and it saw both men making weight, though from what we under-stand Pungluang did struggle slightly to get under the limit losing less weight from sweating before the weigh in than expected due to the colder than usual weather in the area.
For fans hoping to catch this one, and an under-card bout between Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (35-1-2, 20) [ขวัญพิชิต 13 เหรียญเอ็กซ์เพรส] and Giemel Magramo (15-0, 12), the broadcast begins at 14:00 Bangkok time and will last 2 hours.
Pungluang faces off against the Silent Operator
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
Earlier today it was revealed that world ranked Filipino puncher Jonathan "lightning" Taconing (21-2-1, 18) would be returning to the ring on September 12th. Sadly however for fans hoping to see him in a world title fight, the news is going to be disappointing.
Instead of getting a long awaited second shot at a world title Taconing will instead be returning to the ring to defend his OPBF Light Flyweight title against fellow Filipino slugger Jomar "Wallopman" Fajardo ( 14-8-2,7), in a bout set to take place in Paranaque City.
Earlier this year Taconing crashed on to the consciousness of the hard core fans as he stopped former world champion Ramon Garcia Hirales, in Mexico. It was hoped that that win would push Taconing into a world title fight but instead it's made him more avoided than ever.
As for Fajardo he is best known for his two fights with former Minimumweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr, including holding Rodriguez to a draw. Sadly since those bouts he has fought twice, dropping a decision to Hayato Kimura and suffering a stoppage to Suriyan Sor Rungvisai., however both of those bouts were fought well above his natural weight.
As well as the exciting main event this card will feature a trio of other notable Filipino fighters, Juan Martin Elorde (17-1-1, 7), Juan Miguel Elorde (18-1, 9) and Giemel Magramo (13-0, 10), non of whom have had their opponents announce for this show.
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