Earlier today we were informed that Korean based Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (3-0, 3) was pencilled in to return to the ring on July 17th in a bout against former world title challenger Jether Oliva (23-5-2, 11), in what is a massive step up in class for the "Falcon". The bout will take place in Singapore and will see the two men battling for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight title.
Waseem, a former amateur stand out for Pakistan, made his debut last year under the guidance of Korean promoter Andy Kim and claimed the South Korean (KBC) Bantamweight title on debut. Since then he has slowly lost weight and it seems like he is going to settle down at Flyweight, where he will be facing Oliva.
Although a "novice" in terms of professional experience Waseem is a highly experienced amateur and has fought on the international level. In fact during a 103 fight amateur career he won close 90 bouts and competed notably at the South Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games. That experience has seen Waseem fast tracked and a bout against a notable name seemed like a logical next step.
Whilst Waseem is unknown outside of the hardcore fans Oliva is somewhat known,. The experienced Filipino debuted way back in 2007 and fought in an IBF Light Flyweight world title bout back in 2011, against Ulises Solis. Although he was widely beaten by Solis he would bounce back and in 2014 he ran Moruti Mthalane close in an IBO title fight. More recently Oliva has come up short against Luis Nery, Zolani Tete and Pedro Guevara, losing 3 of his last 4. Althogh that sounds bad he has been competing with naturally bigger men in bouts on the fringes of world class.
Although Oliva has suffered 5 losses 4 have come to fighters who held world titles, whilst the other, to Nery, came to a naturally bigger unbeaten man on his way to a title.
At the moment no other details regarding the show have been revealed but this is a brilliant match up and we really are interested to see how the touted Waseem looks in what is a genuinely monstrous step up in class.
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