Pakistan pugilist Waseem defends his title in Panama


 Pakistan boxer Mohammad Waseem on Sunday maintained his top position as World Boxing Council’s (WBC) number one and undefeated silver flyweight champion by defeating Panama’s Carlos Melo.

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.

Waseem has been preparing in Panama since June 29 with Las Vegas-based trainer Jeff Mayweather, the uncle of world-famous Floyd Mayweather, for a probable WBC title fight in December this year. The 29-year-old shot to fame as a pro when he won world silver title by beating Jether Oliva of the Philippines on July 17, 2016, in Korea. He went on to defend his crown on November 27 last year, also in Korea, after downing Giemel Magramo of the Philippines. 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 Rs30 million grant for the country’s top pugilist.