Pakistani-British boxer Amir Khan has announced to organize the first pro boxing event in Pakistan. The event will be organized in Islamabad on October 3rd.
Earlier, the pandemic coronavirus had postponed the boxing event. Now, Amir Khan and Usman Wazir have set the date of October 3rd for the pro boxing event. This would be Pakistan’s first international boxing show.
Amir Khan organizes pro boxing event
“This event is going to be held in Amir Khan Boxing Academy Hall Islamabad on October 3. We are going to have likes of Usman Wazir, who is going to make his first Pakistan debut,” Khan said in a video message.
“We are going to hold an amazing boxing event wherein another great fighter Asif Hazara will also feature. He’s a great amateur boxer who has won many gold medals for Pakistan. He’s also going to make his debut [in pro boxing].
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The boxer believes the international event will give a much-needed boost to the game of boxing in Pakistan.
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In his message, Amir Khan ensured that it would be a great event since he is bringing international boxers to Pakistan. “I’m excited. It’s going to be an amazing journey in professional boxing in Pakistan,” Khan added.
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Pakistani professional boxer Usman Wazir will also take part in the international boxing event. He said he is working hard to win the event.
“During the Covid-19 lockdown period, I’ve tried my best to maintain my fitness level. I’m sure I’ll win the title bout,” he told media. “Being a pro, every athlete has to keep himself fully fit. Our first requirement is to be always fit whether the gyms are opened or not,” he reckoned.
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He added that during the outbreak of COVID-19, he had moved to Gilgit-Baltistan from Islamabad. He trained and prepared at the scout’s gym. But he complained that “I’d requested Gilgit-Baltistan government to allow me to use their gym. However, they did not give me that.”
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He anticipates that after winning the title in October he would become number one in IBF Asian Boxing Federation ranking in super light category.
“And if managed to defend that title twice I’ll qualify for WBC youth title. That is my dream as in Pakistan’s history no one has ever won that title,” he added.
Moreover, Asif Hazara, the captain of the national boxing team has also decided to become a professional boxer after failed promises from the Pakistan Boxing Federation. Both Amir Khan and Usman Wazir welcomed Asif Hazara for the event.
Earlier, British-Pakistani boxer, Amir Khan, had expressed his dismay on the Pakistani governments’ lack of conviction to support sports in Pakistan. He asserted that the empty promises of assistance from the previous and incumbent government have disheartened him.
In his interview with a local media outlet, Amir Khan said that he first met former premier Nawaz Sharif to discuss his ambitions of supporting boxing in Pakistan. He, however, added that none of the governments has given heed to his several offers of thriving sports and boxing in Pakistan. It was further reported that Amir Khan said he tried to acquire land but the previous government was only interested in photoshoots. He said he met Prime Minister Imran Khan also but he too made verbal promises of assisting.