Waseem To Train in Las Vegas For IBF Title Fight With Mthalane

Pakistan’s Mohammad Waseem has changed his plan of training in England and said on Sunday that he would move his camp to the United States this week to prepare for his IBF world title bout later this summer.

“I have dropped the idea of moving to Birmingham. When I went to England embassy in Islamabad the other day the staff told me that it would take 21 days to get UK visa. I do not have much time, so I did not submit my passport to the UK embassy and decided to move to Las Vegas for training,” Waseem told ‘The News.’

“I have the US visa and am going to get ticket in a couple of days.”


The 30-year-old will face Moruti Mthalane of South Africa in the International Boxing Federation (IBF) title on July 15 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur. The title was left vacant by Donnie Nietes, who held the crown for several years before rising to the super flyweight category.

The contest is part of the undercard to the welterweight showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse.

A few months ago, things looked bleak for Waseem when his flyweight world title bout against Japan’s Daigo Higa could not be arranged because of financial issues. But his fortunes turned matchmaker Sean Gibbons arranged the IBF flyweight world title bout against the South African.

“I have achieved a top fitness level and am going to Las Vegas for sparring. My former coach Jeff Mayweather will train me,” the boxer said.

During his association with the World Boxing Council (WBC), he mostly underwent training in Korea, Japan, Las Vegas and Panama. He held the WBC's number one ranking for a few months. But as he could not defend his WBC world silver title in the specific period he was stripped of the rank.

Waseem turned pro in early 2015 after serving Pakistan for over a decade on the amateur circuit and shot to fame when he won the WBC world sliver flyweight title by beating Jether Oliva of Philippines on July 17, 2016, in Korea.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BigZ44 on 05-29-2018

Mthalane has been flying under the radar for a long time, he might be the best fighter left at that weight

Comment by chico malo loc on 05-29-2018

war waseem! hope this cat can pull it off!

Comment by lfc19titles on 05-29-2018

Big mistake Uk is boxing now and he will be disadvantaged if he tries in American compared to the uk CAn only see him losing now as America has slipped in boxing

Comment by whatismyname on 05-29-2018

I think missing out on Higa was probably a blessing in disguise for him. Let's see what happens next month

Comment by 1hourRun on 05-29-2018

Mohammad Waseem cant get nothing right! its like destiny is pulling him to win a world title regardless of his shortcomings in life, so now he cant get a visa to the UK? Why would he even want to train…

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