HUNZA In an effort to promote sports in the region, Gilgit-Baltistan, a high-mountain territory rich in natural beauty in northern Pakistan, staged its first-ever World Boxing Association event.
Athletes from ten nations, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Cameroon, Malaysia and Afghanistan will compete in bouts at Gilgit’s Lalik Jan Stadium on Saturday.
Hundreds of enthusiasts arrived at the stadium to see the opening session of the WBA Asia Welterweight Championship bouts.
Usman Wazeer, Pakistan’s boxing champion, was instrumental in bringing the international event to the country. In this regard, he had the assistance of Force Command Northern Areas.
Wazeer describes the event as “the largest boxing tournament in Pakistani history,” with three title fights and seven world-ranking matches.
Muhammad Asif Hazara won the World Boxing Association’s South Super Flyweight championship at the International Professional Boxing Festival. In the tenth round, he defeated Indonesian boxer Razi Akbar.
In a statement praising Muhammad Asif, President Dr Arif Alvi noted that Pakistan’s young have a lot of promise in sports.
The President stated that with encouragement and greater training, the young may further brighten the country’s name.
Furthermore, Usman Wazir of Pakistan won the World Boxing Association Asia Welterweight championship. He knocked out his Thai opponent.