LAHORE – Pakistan Boxing Council champion Nadir Baloch late Thursday night claimed Universal Boxing Organization vacant international super bantamweight title after he beat former champion from Tanzania Juma Fundi at Ayub Stadium, Quetta.

In a 10-round first ever professional boxing fight organised by PBC in Pakistan, Nadir knocked out Juma in the second round with a combination of straight punches and an upper-cut supported with a right hook. President PBC Ifraz Khan and senior vice president Commander Mohammad Ali congratulated Nadir for his win and praised the PBC team for successfully holding the UBO international bout in Pakistan.

With this win, Nadir not only won the UBO belt but also pocketed Rs 50,000 as prize money while the losing boxer Juma received his share of money being the former champion. Mayor Quetta Dr Kaleemullah was the chief guest of the evening and gave the cash award and belt to the boxers. Sardar Abdul Haleemi, who is also vice president of the PBC, bore all the expenses of the fight and also played a vital role in the organisation of this bout in Quetta.

Besides, Universal Boxing Organisation’s commissioner Emmanuel Mlundwa also held a training and refresher course for local technical officials. In this two-day course, around 10 local officials from Balochistan received the knowledge of conducting and officiating the professional boxing fights. Now these officials will further spread the knowledge among other officials of the country to develop strong technical officials’ team, informed Rasheed Baloch, secretary PBC.

Rasheed further informed that PBC has paid $1500 to UBO as sanction fee for holding the international bout in Pakistan. Besides special award to Commissioner Mlundwa was also given for not only getting the UBO bout sanctioned for Pakistan but also conducting refresher course for Pakistan technical officials.

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