Back in April we reported that Korean based Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (3-0, 3) was set to face former world title challenger Jether Oliva (23-5-2, 11) in Singapore in a bout for the WBC Asia Continental Flyweight title, on July 17th.
Over the past few days that bout has under-gone some changes with the title and venue changing.
Originally the contest was set to take place in Singapore, as mentioned above, though now it will be held in Waseem's adopted Korea with the Hilton Hotel in Seoul playing host to the bout , where it has been joined by a WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Middleweight title bout between Eun Chang Lee (9-4, 5) and Maxi Nahak (6-11-2, 2).
The more notable change is that the bout has gone from being "merely" a regional title fight into a WBC Silver world title fight, with the winner moving to the verges of a world title fight. The vacant Silver title was last held by Omari Kimweri, who vacated it after claiming it with a controversial win against Randy Petalcorin, and should guarantee the winner a chance to fight for a world title in the very near future.
Interestingly both men recently made the limit for the 30 day check weight, with both men weighing in at 121lbs for the upcoming bout, well under the 123.2lbs they are allowed to be at this point.
A win for Oliva would open the door for the Filipino to get another world title fight whilst a win for the fast tracked Waseem would see him sitting on the verge of of kick starting both Korean and Pakistani professional boxing.
Muhammad Waseem to face Jether Oliva on July 17th!
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