Waseem has been highly ranked by the WBC for some time, but to date he has been unable to secure a world title shot.
When Andrew Selby defeated Maximino Flores in a WBC final eliminator last October, it seemed that the Pakistani native would once again have to wait for his shot at the WBC crown.
However, since winning the eliminator, Selby has opted to take a different route and will now face Vincent Legrand for the vacant EBU flyweight title.
So, with Selby out of the picture, Waseem is now confident that Higa will face him as the WBC’s mandatory challenger.
“God willing, I will be Pakistan’s first World Champion,” said Waseem, speaking exclusively to Boxing News TV. “I am looking forward to fighting Higa, and I aim to stop him.
“He was not interested in this fight before, but now it is mandatory, so he has to fight me.”
Hailed as “a trainers dream,” by his coach Jeff Mayweather, who regards Waseem’s work ethic as second to only his nephew Floyd, Waseem has excellent potential and has even developed somewhat of a reputation at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I’ve had him spar with anyone from 130 [lbs] down and he [Waseem] practically dominated everyone!” said Mayweather. “Everyone he sparred with — complete domination.
“It got to a point where all of a sudden guys start disappearing, or wouldn’t come back to the gym to spar with him.”
Similarly, Higa has also developed a fearsome reputation in the Flyweight division, remaining undefeated after 15 fights, and amassing 15 knockouts. However, Waseem maintains that he is unfazed by such statistics.
“Higa is a good fighter, but in his professional career, he has never faced a tough fighter. It would be very tough for him to beat a fighter like me.”
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