Uncertainty surrounds the title battle that Pakistani boxing star Mohammad Waseem will have in Dubai against Filipino boxer Donnie Nietes.
The eagerly awaited fight, set for July 22, was in doubt when Waseem’s visa for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was abruptly denied.
The regrettable refusal of the visa by Dubai officials appears to be the result of a mistake made by an Indian team member who worked for Waseem.
The three-time WBC world silver flyweight champion’s team resubmitted the application right away with the hopes of hearing back within the following 12 to 13 hours.
According to reports, the championship match may have to be postponed until late July or early August if the visa is not issued promptly.
Waseem, who has been training in Scotland in anticipation of his matchup with the powerful four-time world champion Nietes, is understandably disappointed.
Waseem, who has won 12 of his 14 professional fights, has a lot riding on the next contest, which is sponsored by Disrupt Promotions, a company located in Dubai.
He has signed with Disrupt Promotions after experiencing management failure in the past, and he’s eager to demonstrate his skill in the ring and go up the flyweight ranks.