According to the fantastic people at RealFight PH OPBF Flyweight champion Jayr Raquinel (11-1-1, 8) will returning to the ring on November 22nd to take on Pakistani foe Muhammad Waseem (9-1, 7) in a WBC world title eliminator!
According to RealFight PH's facebook account the fight will take place in Dubai, though other details, such as the specific venue, are scarce.
For the 22 year old Raquinel the bout would be a great way to build on his brutal KO win over Takuya Kogawa from back in August and would move towards his first world title bout. It's hard to believe that just over a year ago he stunk up the joint with a very poor effort against Wulan Tuolehazi in China, but could end 2019 on the verge of a world title fight. He has proven to be dangerous, heavy handed and exciting, but this will be his biggest bout so far and be against the most rounded skilled opponent, with Waseem being a very good fighter.
As for 32 year old Waseem this would open the door to a second world title fight, after his close 2018 loss to Moruti Mthalane in an IBF title fight. Given his age this is probably a must win for him, as he'll be 33 next August and it's hard to see him having success at Flyweight at such an age. A loss to Raquinel will be very hard to rebuild from at this stage of his career, though he will likely feel confident of beating the Filipino given his age and amateur experience. Despite the confidence the bout is a dangerous one, and Raquinel showed what he was capable of doing when he left Kogawa needing to be removed from the ring on a stretcher.
In theory the winner of this would be in line for a shot at the title which is currently vacant, but will have a champion crowned shortly. The WBC recently ordered Cristofer Rosales (29-4, 20) to take on Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar (14-1-0-1, 11) for the recently vacated title, and the winner of this eliminator would shoot up the rankings towards the winner of that title. It seems very unlikely that Raquinel Vs Waseem would be a final eliminator, and would instead be the next step towards a title fight for the winner.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
DUBAI,UAE- Muhammad Waseem of Pakistan did not have any trouble disposing of his Filipino opponent, Conrado Tañamor in the main event of the Rotunda Rumble fight card held Friday at the Caesar’s Palace Bluewater Rotunda in Dubai.
The fight only lasted a minute and two seconds with Tañamor on the canvas after receiving a series of hooks to the liver.
This was Waseem’s first fight since he suffered his first pro loss in an IBF world flyweight title fight against South African Moruti Mthalane by unanimous decision in Malaysia last July 15,2018.
Wasseem is now 9-1,7KO’s while Tañamor drops to 11-4,4KO’s; His four losses all happened outside the Philippines.
There was a lot of pressure on Majid Al-Naqbi to win in front of the home fans. He is currently the only active professional boxer from the United Arab Emirates. He delivered a hard fought unanimous decision victory after four rounds against a feisty opponent, China’s Chuansheng Zhang.
This is Al-Naqbi’s third straight win since turning pro last April. If his streak continues he will be the driving force for a boxing boom in the Emirates.
The supporting main bout saw Irish Rohan Date disposing of India’s Pradeep Kharera in the opening round. Date is now 10-0-1,8KO’s, Kharera drops to 5-5,4KO’s.
Andrew Selby easily returned to the win column by stopping Thailand’s Worawatchai Boonjan also in round one. Boonjan was dropped twice and the referee decided that he had seen enough. Selby (12-1,7KO’s) had a KO loss to Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar last March in Mexico.
For the rest of the card – Abass Barou, who resides in Germany, remained unbeaten after stopping Egyptian Abdelgani Saber in two rounds, Afghan Hasibullah Ahmadi got a hard fought split decision victory against China’s Cai Shidong, Kazakh Abay Tolesh beat Mfaume Mfaume of Tanzania by TKO in the fourth after the fight was stopped due to Mfaume’s eye getting closed due to a legal punch, in the female fight Armenian Anahit Aroyan lost to Serbian Jasmina Nad by split verdict, Karthik Sathish Kumar of India won by unanimous decision against Tanzania’s Mohamed Pesa, Dutch Felix Anthony John de Brujin won by TKO in the first round against Thailand’s Thanawat Yancharoen, who injured his shoulder and Asad Asif Khan of India prevailed by unanimous decision Nasoro Nasoro of Tanzania after eight rounds.
The fights were supervised by Patrick Johnson of the Ghana Boxing Commission. The event was promoted by MTK Global and Round 10 Boxing Promotions.
Photo - Muhummad Waseem's arm raised victorious by Referee Michael Neequaye
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
DUBAI,UAE – Muhammad Waseem (8-1,6KO’s) of Pakistan vs. Conrado Tañamor (11-3,4KO’s) of the Philippines will be the main attraction for the Friday the 13th fight card at the Caesar’s Palace Bluewater in Dubai.
This card will also feature up and coming local attraction Majid Al-Naqbi (2-0,1KO), a native of Dubai who will have a lot of pressure performing to the home fans’ expectations. He will be fighting Chinese boxer Zhang Chuansheng (2-3-1,0KO).
Wassem weighed 52.5kgs (115.7lbs) while Tañamor stepped on the scales at 53 kgs or 116.8lbs. They will fight for eight rounds. Waseem has not fought since losing to IBF world flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane in July of last year in Malaysia. This was on the undercard of the Pacquiao-Matthysse megafight. The unanimous decision loss was the lone pro setback for Waseem. Tañamor has not had much luck on the road where he suffered all of his losses in China and Japan twice.
Al-Naqbi weighed 135 while Zhang was at 132lbs. They are penned for four rounds. The official weigh-in was held at the fight venue.
Andrew Selby (11-1,6KO’s) of the UK will be looking to bounce back from his KO loss to Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar last March when he squares off against Thai Woorawatchai Boonjan (14-22-2,13KO’s).Both were identical at 53.8 or 118.6lbs. They are scheduled for eight rounds.
Other rising prospects featured in six rounders for this card are Irish Rohan Date who will face India’s Pradeep Kharera, unbeaten Abass Barou, who resides in Germany, will fight Egyptian Abdelgani Saber, Afghan Hasibullah Ahmadi will be pitted against China’s Cai Shidong, Kazakh Abay Tolesh is paired against Mfaume Mfaume of Tanzania, an all-female fight between Armenian Anahit Aroyan and Serbian Jasmina Nad and Karthik Sathish Kumar of India vs Tanzania’s Mohamed Pesa. There will be swing bouts between Dutch Felix Anthony John de Brujin vs Thailand’s Thanawat Yancharoen and Nasoro Nasoro of Tanzania vs Asad Asif Khan of India.
This fight card billed as Rotunda Rumble is presented by MTK Global Promotions.
Photo – Muhammad Waseem (left) and Conrado Tanamor face off during the weigh-in.
According to sources in Pakistan former world title challenger Muhammad Waseem (8-1, 6) [محمد وسیم] could be set for a ring return in April, having signed with MTK Global, who announced their signing earlier today.
The "Falcon" last fought in July 2018, when he ran South African veteran Moruti Mthalane razor close in an IBF Flyweight title bout. He's been inactive since then, though had obviously weighing up his options and has now signed with MTK Global following what appear to have been very productive meetings.
Sources from Pakistan have stated that the fighter will be training in Scotland ahead of his MTK debut.
A press release sent out by MTK announced the signing and had quotes from the fighter and Mike Altamura, who is a consultant for the MTK Global.
Through his career so far Waseem has struggled with financial backing, and his really good start to professional boxing seemed to fizzle out. He began his professional career in 2015, claiming the Korean Bantamweight title on debut. He would claim the WBC"Silver" Flyweight title less than a year later, when he beat Jether Olivo and seemed on the verge of a world title fight when he beat Giemel Magramo after just 13 months in the pro ranks.
Sadly 2017 was essentially a write off for Waseem, who had started the year on the verge of a world title fight, but failed to land a big contest, fighting a trio of low key bouts in Panama whilst his team battled to get money from the Pakistani government.
He would eventually get a shot at a world title in 2018, but by then inactivity seemed to affect his performance, despite him dropping Mathalane late in the contest.
In the press release Waseem is quoted as saying:
“I’m very excited to be signing for MTK Global. They are one of the best companies in boxing and they do a great job with their fighters.
“I had meetings with MTK Global and they are good people. Hopefully I’m going to fight for a world title soon – hopefully I’ll win it either this year or next year.
“I’m proud to represent the people of Pakistan. I won medals as an amateur so many people know me there. When I win the world title, it will be for my country and I’m excited to do that.
“I’d like a rematch with Mthalane eventually but I’ll leave that up to MTK Global. We’ll discuss what we will do but the goal is clear – I want to become a world champion for myself, for them and for my country.”
Altamura on the other hand stated: “I’m really excited to sign Muhammad and break into a new market in Pakistan. He’s a world-class talent.
“I’m very confident that with regular activity, he has all the ability to win a world championship in the next 18 months.
“He’s a real gentleman and it’s great to be working with someone with his attitude. I believe he’s a great representative for his people.”
Tomorrow we'll all be able to see a new IBF Flyweight champion being crowned, as former chamoion Moruti Mthalane (35-2, 24) attempts to reclaim the title he once held, whilst Korean based Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (8-0, 6) looks to become a world champion, and give boxing a huge boost in both Pakistan and Korea.
The two men both made weight at their weigh in with no issues. On the scales Mthalane was around 111.5lbs, comfortably under the 112lb limit, whilst Waseem was even lighter at close to 111.25lbs, a caeer lowest weight.
The South African fighter has typically weighed between 111lbs and 112lbs through out his career, so his weight fits into what is expected for him, and he really is a career Flyweight who has never out grown the division. A rarity in this day and age. To show how consistent he has been he has only been over 112lbs once in his career, and that was way back in April 2001, in what was his 4th professional bout. Since then he has never been under 110lbs or over 112lbs. However at the age of 35 he is ancient for a Flyweight and will be well aware that he can't afford a loss if he's to remain relevant in the world of professional boxing.
Waseem on the other hand has had weight vary quite a bit. He debuted in a Korean Bantamweight title bout, weighing in at 118lbs before moving down to Super Flyweight and then Flyweight. His last 3 bouts have however come at Super Bantamweight and Bantamweight as he's looked to stay busy in Panama whilst awaiting a world title fight. At 30 he's no spring chicken, but certainly isn't an old man, and a loss, whilst it would harm his career, would certainly not be the end of his career, though would make it even harder to get the funding from the Pakistan Government that he has long battled for.
Interestingly the bout has been picked up by a number of bookmakers, who have viewed the bout as being very close to a 50-50 contest. The younger man is the slight favourite, with bookies offering around 10/11 on Waseem to pick up what would be a career defining. Mthalane on the other hand is best priced at 15/13. Notably some bookies have priced both men at less than evens, just to show how even they see the contest.
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