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Muhammad Waseem is on the brink of a historic achievement.

The Pakistani boxer, 34, is currently preparing for the most important fight of his career to date, with the biggest prize of them all on the line.

On March 19 at Probellum Evolution in Dubai, Waseem takes on undefeated IBF flyweight world champion Sunny Edwards in his first title fight.

A win for Quetta-born Waseem would see him dethrone the Briton to become Pakistan’s first-ever boxing world champion, and he spares no effort in his bid to make history.

“My training camp went really well and I worked extremely hard because this is the biggest fight of my career so far,” he said. “It’s a huge opportunity for me and I’m determined to become world champion.

“I’ve been working hard with my trainer, Danny Vaughan, and we’ve gone over 60 rounds so far, so everything is going according to plan. We’re working continuously and I’m very excited because it’s a great time. Dubai is like my second home and I can’t wait to fight there again.

“Sunny is a great fighter and world champion, but he’s not the best I’ve met in my career, I’ve beaten better than him,” Waseem said. “He’s a good boxer, but I’m 100% sure I’m going to beat him on March 19 in Dubai.

“We have a plan in store for him. I know he said a lot in the build up but I work hard and he works hard so let’s see what happens. I have this huge opportunity to become my country’s first world champion and I am determined to seize it.

Probellum returns to Dubai for a two-night boxing showcase at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on March 18-19, following the promotion company’s hugely successful inaugural event at the Coca-Cola Arena in December, which was hosted by legendary announcer Michael Buffer.

“Probellum are one of the biggest boxing promotion companies in the world and I’m thrilled with my decision to sign, I’m really proud to work with them,” he said.

“They gave me this amazing opportunity to fight for the IBF world flyweight title, it’s a big deal for me and I’m very happy.”

Waseem had an impressive career in the amateur ranks, winning silver and bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games, in 2014 and 2010 respectively, as well as a gold medal at the World Combat Games in 2010.

Since his professional debut in 2015, he has fought 13 times, winning 12 and losing only once, a loss to South African Moruti Mthalane on points four years ago.

His most recent fight came last November at the D4G Promotions show in Dubai, when Waseem overcame a challenge from Colombian Rober Barrera to win the vacant WBC silver flyweight title, stealing the show on a card that included Badou Jack, Rocky Fielding and Ohara Davies, with Anthony Joshua watching from the ring.

“It was a very tough fight,” Waseem said. “Barrera is a tough opponent. He fought 23 times and only got beaten four times so I knew it would be tough but luckily I managed to beat him.

“He was very strong and pushed me back a lot during the fight. I actually think he’s a tougher opponent than Sunny, but I’m fully focused on him now and working towards March 19.

Vaughan’s influence on the development of the Pakistani fighter cannot be overstated. The Liverpool-born trainer has guided the careers of boxers such as the Smith brothers, Derry Matthews, Jazza Dickens, Paddy Barnes and Tyrone McKenna, as well as having previously worked with Edwards for a short time, and Waseem undoubtedly benefits of his knowledge. and his expertise as he goes in search of a world title.

“I want to thank Danny because not only is he a great coach, he’s a great man,” Waseem said.

“He really took care of me. When we train and fight, whatever instructions he gives me, I follow. He is one of the most experienced trainers in boxing and has been involved in the sport for over 30 years. He helped me with everything, which I am very grateful for, and it gives me even more motivation to become world champion.

While Pakistan has yet to produce a world champion, Waseem’s success in boxing has ensured that the sport’s popularity in his native country continues to grow.

The fighter hopes his performances to date, along with a potential victory over Edwards, will help inspire the next generation of Pakistani boxers.

“As far as amateur boxing goes, Pakistan is very strong,” he said. “We’ve produced a lot of great fighters who have won medals at the Olympics and World Championships, but that’s not professional boxing.

“I was the best amateur and now I’m the best professional in our country. Because of this, boxing in Pakistan is becoming more and more important. If you go to Pakistan, you will see that there are a lot of aspiring fighters. In the future, I would like to open gyms there to support young local talent and help create more champions.

For now, however, Waseem has a more immediate task, to defeat Edwards and write himself in the history books.

“It would be absolutely amazing, both for me and for Pakistan,” Waseem said. “It would also be huge for the United Arab Emirates, where I am based and where I train, because they have a very large Pakistani community. This is what motivates me to surpass myself to win the fight.

“It’s huge for me and I want to thank Probellum for giving me this amazing opportunity. It’s an important moment for me, my people and especially my family. I made a lot of sacrifices to get to this position and I have a baby on the way in a few weeks, so it’s an important time ahead for me. I’m confident that I will be victorious on March 19th.


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