by Ronnie Nathanielsz
Dangerous former world title contender Jether “The General’ Oliva (23-5-2, with 11 KO’s) battles Pakistani star Muhammad 'Falcon Khan' Waseem who has a record of 3 knockouts in 3 wins for the WBC Silver Flyweight title at the Millennium Hilton Hotel, in Seoul, Korea.
The WBC reported the fight has undergone several important changes and amendments. It was moved from Singapore to the luxury Millennium Seoul Hilton.
Initially, the WBC Asia belt would have been contested, but now may the best fighter win the prestigious WBC silver. The winner will appreciably rise in the WBC rankings, on the way to WBC flyweight King, Roman ”Chocoaltito “ Gonzalez.
The WBC said “This fight is very important for Waseem and his promoter, Andy Kim (Promotions AK), who are aware of the significant responsibility.”
Kim indicated “I am very thankful to the WBC for this great opportunity. I have no doubts that Waseem will prove he is ready for great things. I am sure he will conquer the WBC silver belt. ”
Waseem is preparing in Las Vegas with popular and accomplished trainer Jeff Mayweather, the uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Oliva lost two fights against vaunted opponents. On February 20 this year he lost by a ten round shutout 100-91 against former world champion Pedro Guevara and previously dropped a unanimous twelve round decision to Zolani Tete in a vacant WBO Africa super flyweight title bout with Tete stating that Oliva “proved to be a tougher opponent than expected as he absorbed damaging blows throughout the fight and only went down once in round four.
Tete added, “I give Jether props for hanging in there despite the beating I dished out. He is made of sterner stuff.”
Fighting as an amateur, Waseem won a bronze medal in the Asian Games in Korea and a Silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and is considered one of the most promising young boxers in Pakistan.