Gen Bajwa’s gesture appreciating young boxer Muhammad Waseem wins hearts

“Talent like you is our pride, we are here to support youngsters like you having potential and positive energy”, COAS said.

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On Wednesday, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff, met the infamous Pakistani boxer Muhammad Waseem to congratulate him on his victory over Conrado Tanamor.

During the fight that took place in Dubai at the Rotunda Rumble on Friday night, the Pakistani professional got a knock-out (KO) victory after his opponent Conrado, hailing from Filipino, after just 82 seconds.

However, at his arrival to Pakistan, he did not get the welcome at the airport he deserved, this drew a lot of criticism from the people, including Waseem Akram, well-known cricketing legend, who said that he’d pick Muhammad up from the airport next time.

So, in order to give the pugilist the appreciation and recognition he deserves, COAS (Chief of Army Staff) hosted him and said, as quoted in DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor’s tweet:

“Talent like you is our pride, we are here to support youngsters like you having potential and positive energy.”

Waseem has a record of winning 9 out of 10 fights, with 6 knock-outs. This current fight was his first one with his new MTK Global management. Waseem had to go through a time period away from competing in matches to train maximally. During this time, he struggled a lot with managers and was unable to find any sponsorships.

Not only that, but Waseem is also the most decorated Pakistani boxer in the last decade. In a video after his match, he said that it’s his goal to become world champion.

“I’ve been training really hard for this fight. I knew I’ll be a world champion soon. I’ll keep on performing in future also to make my nation proud,” – he said in the video.

He dedicated this remarkable victory to the Kashmiris, who are struggling at the hands of Indian troops.

“I’m really happy to win this fight in the first-round knockout. I had already announced that after winning the bout I’ll dedicate it to my Kashmiri brethren, so I’m dedicating this win to them,” he said.

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