World Boxing Council two-time Silver flyweight champion Muhammad Waseem’s career will gain the momentum of a considerable boost as Pakistan’s government has sent an appreciable amount to its embassy in Washington which will be transferred to the boxer and his promoter.
The government had announced Rs24.675 million for the talented boxer, after he defended his title by beating Giemel Magramo of the Philippines in Korea on November 27 last year.
Waseem welcomed the government’s step. "I am really happy and am thankful to the Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif who helped me at the most difficult time of my career. It will help me a lot, as I`ll now be able to focus on my next bout. I am going to get Korean and US visas and will then try to proceed abroad for training."
He said without the government’s assistance it would not easy to continue his career. However, he was quick to add that the Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri had not kept his pledge. "He promised me financial support when I won my first title but so far the provincial government has done nothing."
Waseem also said that renowned businessman Javed Afridi had also not given him the amount he had announced, since he won the title for the first time on July 17, 2016, when he defeated Jether Oliva of the Philippines, also in Korea.
Waseem became the first boxer ever to secure a world title in only his fourth pro bout. After defending his title, Waseem’s career came to a halt because of financial constraints as his promoter Andy Kim was unable to arrange his next title defense bout in time.
Now the release of the amount by the Pakistan government will enable Kim to arrange not only the title defense bout in Korea but it will also help the boxer get quality training in the United States, helped by Jeff Mayweather, uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Waseem prepared at the Mayweather Junior Boxing Gymnasium in Las Vegas for his last two title bouts. He has recently achieved fourth rank in the world. After winning several medals for Pakistan on the amateur circuit, Waseem turned pro in early 2015.