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.
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