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.”
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