Earlier today fight fans in Seoul saw Korean based Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (5-0, 3) claim his biggest win to date as he successfully defended the WBC "silver" Flyweight title and narrowly beat talented Filipino youngster Giemel Magramo (17-1, 13).
From the off the bout wascompetitive and hard fought and the openign two rounds were both won by the Filipino visitor who got off to a quick lead. The lead was however reeled in and Waseem had a solid round 3 and a strong round 4 to get him back into the bout. Despite starting to fight his way back into it Waseem was down 39-37 on two cards after 4 rounds, and 38-38 on the other card.
The middle portion of the fight saw the bout begin to turn further with Waseem getting a break in round 6, when Magramo was deducted a point for a clash of heads that lead to Waseem being cut, and that was followed by a very strong effort in rounds 7 and 8 as Waseem began to claw the bout in to his favour. After the 8th Waseem was leading on two cards, with scores of 77-74, and 76-75 and losing on the third, 76-75.
Going into the final 4 rounds it was all to play for and neither guy was going to give the bout away as both let loose. The back and forth saw Magramo having a solid round 9, taking it on two cards, but lose round 10 as Waseem upped the ante, The 11th was as competitive as they came with neither man clearly winning the round before a hugely important round 12 went Waseem's way. That 12th saw Waseem securing the unanimous decision with two scores of 114-113, though the third card, which was turned in by a Korean judge, was a very wide 117-110.
After the win Andy Kim, Waseem's promoter, made it known that he would be trying to secure his charge a WBC world title fight in 2017, on this performance he would struggle with a real world class fighter, however he will have learned a lot from this win. For Magramo the loss will be disappointing, however the experience will help him and the performance was certainly nothing to be ashamed of, with the youngster expected to bounce back and move on to world honours in the future himself.
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