DAVAO CITY, June 2 (PNA) — Former World Boxing Federation (WBF) Asia Pacific flyweight champion Jether “The General” Oliva of General Santos City will be fighting for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver flyweight title.
Oliva (24W-5L-2D-11KOs) will face undefeated Muhammad Waseem (3W-0L-0D) of Pakistan on July 17 at the Pavilion, Far East Square in Singapore, according to his manager Jim Claude “JC” Mananquil, chief executive officer of the Sanman Promotions.
The 12-round title-fight is promoted by Allan Kim of AK Promotions.
“This is the title vacated by WBC after the controversial fight between Oliva’s stablemate Randy Petalcorin and Omari Kimweri in Australia,” said Mananquil.
Kimweri won by a split decision despite being knocked down four times by Petalcorin last April 15.
“I’m confident with Jether Oliva’s experience. I think that will be the key for him to get the victory,” said Mananquil.
Oliva is fresh from winning a unanimous decision against Jong Sabellina last May 22 in Zamboanga Sibugay. The 29-year old orthodox boxer had also just arrived from being a sparring partner in Japan last April.
Oliva won the WBF Asia Pacific flyweight title by a UD over Jemmy Gobel last October 5 in Glan, Sarangani Province.
He also took the WBF International light flyweight crown by a majority decision over Wilber Andogan on May 24, 201.
He also took the WBF International light flyweight crown by a majority decision over Wilber Andogan on May 24, 2014 in General Santos City.
Oliva fought but lost for the vacant IBO world flyweight title by a controversial split decision against Moruti Mthalane on March 15, 2014 in South Africa.
He came back to South Africa but again bowed to Zolani Tete by a UD in their battle for the vacant WBO Africa super flyweight crown last December 18 in East London, Eastern Cape.
Oliva, a former WBO Oriental minimumweight and Philippine Boxing Federation light flyweight champion, also dropped a UD to Mexican Pedro Guevara last February 20 in Sinaloa, Mexico.
In his first world title fight, Oliva bowed to Ulises Solis by a UD on August 27, 2011 in Mexico for the IBF World light flyweight crown. Oliva has an advantage on ring experience over Waseem, who only still as total of three fights.
The 28-year old Pakistani, however, have won all of them by knockouts. Waseem, who is based in Seoul, Korea and is managed by Sang Bong Kweon.
In his pro debut, Waseem stopped Min Wook Lee by a technical knockout in 1:37 of the 9th round to win the vacant South Korea bantamweight title at the Sunhak Gym in Incheon, South Korea.
Waseem then knocked out in the third round Suparyanto Doglo at the Royal Square in Bangkok, Thailand last December 5.
In his previous outing, Waseem pummeled to submission Indonesian John Bajawa in 2:10 of the sixth round at the Myoung Boxing World in Seoul, South Korea last May 19.