Pakistani boxer Muhammad “The Falcon” Waseem beat former World Boxing Council light flyweight champion Ganigan Lopez in their bout in Dubai.
Waseem was aggressive against the Mexican throughout their eight-round match and was declared the winner through a unanimous decision by the match officials.
Waseem, 32, has so far appeared in 10 fights in his pro career, winning all but one — a unanimous decision loss to South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane in a world title bout.
Most of his opponents have been from Asia but in Lopez he will have a Mexican pugilist standing in front of him for the first time.
Mexico is one of the top boxing nations in the world and has produced more world champions than any other country in the last 30 years.
At 37, Lopez, nicknamed El Maravilla (the wonder), is far more experienced and boasts 46 career pro fights, of which he won 36 and lost 10. He is also a former world champion, having held the World Boxing Council’s light flyweight title earlier in his career.
Waseem has dedicated his win to the Pakistani nation and thanked his fans for the support and wishes.
Pakistani cricketers Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and Faisal Iqbal have congratulated the boxer on his victory.