Boxer Waseem maintains ranking in Panama fight


PANAMA: Pakistani boxer Mohammad Waseem on Sunday maintained his position as World Boxing Council’s (WBC) number one and undefeated Silver Flyweight champion by defeating Panama’s Carlos Melo.

RAWALPINDI: Boxer Mohammad Waseem with COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa during a meeting in January this year.

Quetta-born Waseem knocked out his rival Melo in the first round after throwing punches relentlessly, marking the eighth consecutive victory of his professional career.
Following his win, Waseem, also known as Falcon Khan, thanked the nation for its support in a video message, vowing to continue the journey of his success and to bring honour to Pakistan.
Sunday’s fight was his third in Panama. With this fight, he achieved the honour of culminating six out of his total eight contests on a knockout.
Falcon Khan is going to fight for the world title in January 2018. Earlier this year, he was invited to General Headquarters by the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa when he had successfully defended his WBC Silver Flyweight title after defeating Giemel Megramo of the Philippines in November.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had also approved a Rs30 million grant for the country’s top pugilist.
The army chief praised Boxer Muhammad Waseem for his outstanding achievements and expressed his confidence that Pakistani youth will follow his footsteps to bring good name to the country. Gen Bajwa expressed confidence that youth will follow Waseem’s footsteps to bring good name to the country.