By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
DUBAI,UAE- Pakistan’s Muhammad Waseem will get a second crack at the IBF world flyweight title when he clashes with Sunny Edwards of the U.K. this Saturday at the Dubai Tennis Stadium. Waseem (12-1,8KO’s) suffered his lone pro career loss when he lost in his bid to dethrone Moruti Mthalane of South Africa four years ago in Malaysia.
This will be the second title defense for the unbeaten Edwards (17-0,4KO’s), who dethroned Mthalane by unanimous decision last year. Edwards’ first defense was in Dubai, and he beat Filipino Jayson Mama by unanimous decision.
During the official weigh-in, Edwards was at 111.75 lbs, Waseem at 111.25 lbs.
Another big encounter in this card is the super lightweight WBC eliminator and WBO Inter-continental title bout between Regis Prograis (26-1,22KO’s) and Tyrone Mckenna (22-2-1,6KO’S) of the U.K. Prograis stepped on the scales at 139 while Mckenna was three quarters of a pound heavier.
A featherweight clash that promises to be a scorcher is the ten rounder between TJ Doheny from Australia and Cesar Juarez of Mexico.
Rounding up the card are the UAE’s Fahad Al Bloushi going up against Tanzanian Mohamed Kashinde, Peter McGrail of the UK vs Alexandru Ionita of Romania, Hovhannes Backhov of Armenia vs Cristian Coria of Argentina, Jamie King of the UK vs Nvaeem Verna of India, Bader Samreen of Jordan vs Denis Bartos of the Czech Republic, Khalid Ayub of the UK vs Amnen Sivareddy of India, and Faizan Anwar of India vs Khojiakbar Qoditokhunov of Uzbekistan.
File photo – Muhammad Waseem winning in Dubai in 2019.
Earlier today in Lahore, Pakistan, fans were to see national boxing hero Muhammad Waseem (11-1, 8) pick up his latest win, in what was also his Pakistani debut.
The talented Flyweight, who has previously fought in South Korea, Panama, Malaysia and Dubai, was up against hard hitting Filipino Jeny Boy Boca (14-7, 12) in what was regarded as a world title eliminator.
From the off Waseem always looked the more skilled, the more talented and the more rounded fighter. Boca, who is dangerous despite his record, looked like he had a chance, if he could land something clean, but that wasn't an easy task against the Falcon, who was too quick, too sharp and too good through out.
In round 8 Waseem finally broke down Boca, who suffered his 7th professional loss, and his 4th by stoppage.
For Waseem the win was a huge one at home, and one that really should push him towards a 2021 world title fight, which would be his second following a 2018 IBF title fight with Moruti Mthalane, which ended in a narrow decision loss.
As for Boca the loss ends a 3 fight winning run, which had included a spectacular win in Thailand against former world title challenger Sarawut Thawornkham, aka Dennapa Kiatniwat.
Last week our good friend Ian Melodillar (@iaknows) broke the news that we'd be getting an interesting Flyweight bout between Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7) and Filipino slugger Jeny Boy Boca (14-6, 12) in December on an AK Promotions show. Today that bout was officially confirmed with a poster for the full event also released, showing that the card is fairly international show with fighters not just from Pakistan and the Philippines but also the UK, Italy and Iran.
The main event, between Waseem and Boca, will be a world title eliminator and will be a really interesting mix of styles. On one hand you have the skills, smoothness and technical ability of Waseem, a former amateur standout and a proven quantity, who gave Moruti Mthalane one of his toughest career bouts. On the other hand you have a hard hitting Filipino, in Boca, who who upset Sarawut Thawornkham back in March, in one of the most notable Asian upsets of 2020. The winner of this is expected to move towards a WBC Flyweight title fight and pick up a regional WBC belt.
Talking about regional WBC title bouts the show will have a WBC Middle East title bout pitting unbeaten Pakistani fighters against each other, with Nadir Baloch (9-0, 7) taking on Jawad Hassan (6-0, 2), in what we believe will be a Super Featherweight bout.
The show looks to be an interesting one, and certainly appears to be a much more meaningful one than the last AK Promotions show, which was headlined by a bout between Usman Wazeer and Boido Simanjuntak. Despite that card being an under-whelming one the crowd at it were wild, and fingers crossed the fan interest continues here with Waseem fighting in Pakistan for the first time.
The show is set to take place in Lahore on December 19th and given the people that AK Promotions are working with, we really hope there will be international streams made available for the event.
Earlier today our good friend Ian Melodillar informed us of an intriguing number of bouts in the works for several Filipino fighters.
The most interesting of those will be a WBC Middle East Flyweight title bout between Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7) and Filipino slugger Jeny Boy Boca (14-6, 12), which is set to take place on December 19th in Lahore, Pakistan.
Waseem is best known for his IBF title fight with Moruti Mthalane, in which he dropped Mthalane in the final stages but couldn't over-turn a bad start, losing a close decision to the talented South African. Sadly since that loss, in 2018, we've not seen much of Waseem, and he's fought twice in Dubai, including an under-whelming performance against Ganigan Lopez a year ago. He's talented, but at the age of 33 he is getting on for a Flyweight.
As for Boca he's a much less well known fighter, but a very dangerous, upset minded fighterwho put the cat among the pigeons in March, when he stopped Dennapa Kiatniwat, aka Sarawut Thawornkham, in a genuine upset in Thailand.
Interestingly both men have faced recent world title challenger Giemel Magramo, with Magramo stopping Boca in 6 rounds and losing a close decision to Waseem.
On the same show we're also set to see Alie Laurel (18-4-1, 11) and Pablito Canada (7-18-4, 1) take on Pakistani opponents.
The other bout mentioned, which will take place on another show and will see Korean tough guy In Duck Seo (13-3-2, 7) [서인덕] take on Filipino Jayar Inson (18-3, 12), though this bout appears to still be in the works and not yet a done deal.
*Note Ian's tweet mentions December 16th, it's now been confirmed to be December 19th
Earlier today we were informed that the "Nauryz Fight Night" show, set to take place on March 28th in Almaty, Kazakhstan, will be taking place place behind closed doors due to Coronavirus.
The event organisers have been quoted as saying that the event will definitely go ahead, despite the lack of fans.
Kazakhstan recently announced that they would be stopping mass gatherings, which seemingly would have effected this show. Rather than cancelling, something that MTK Kazakhstan heady Askar Salykbaev was dead set against, the event will be fought behind closed doors, though is still expected to be shown through ESPN, IFLTV and QazSport TV.
The card is set to feature Zhankosh Turarov (24-0, 17) [Жанкош Тураров] taking on Alexander Duran (20-0, 7), Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7) battling former European champion Ryan Farrag (20-4, 5) and bouts featuring Abay Tolesh (5-0, 3) [Абай Толеш], 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (8-1, 5) [Фазлиддин Гаибназаров] and the debuting Tursynbay Kulakhmet [Турсынбай Кулахмет]. It's a shame the venue will be empty, but we're glad that the event will still be shown.
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