MALAYSIAN boxing fans, after some 40 years, will get the chance to watch a World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) title bout.
The last time Malaysia hosted a WPBF bout was in 1975 when Joe Bugner and Muhammad Ali went 15 rounds for the world heavyweight crown at the Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
And now Malaysia’s Capstone Sports have joined forces with Vladimir Boxing Club to stage the WPBF youth belt championship at One World Hotel, Bandar Utama on April 16.
The vacant world title belt encounter in the welterweight category will be between Mexico’s Juan Bedolla Orezco and Uzbekistan’s Qudratillo Abduqahorov.
Both are 22 years old and will be involved in the 10-round bout that will be the highlight of the Black Tie Boxing night
Before the main match, there will be five other bouts with two Malay-sians – Mohammad Shehran and Jonathon Yeow Ming – in action.
Mohammad Shehran will take on Indonesia’s Mujiyono in the four-round featherweight category while Jonathon clashes with Heri Andritanto from Indonesia in the six-round welterweight category.
Capstone Sports chairman S. Vikram said they had succeeded in bringing the exciting event to Malaysia.
“We would like to thank WPBF for giving us the privilege. The event will also see young and talented boxers from the United States,the Philippines, Brazil and Singapore in action.
“What is unique and prestigious about this boxing championship is that we are presenting the event as a ‘Black-Tie Boxing Event’.”
“A new strict dress code will be enforced – black-tie attire is required – and fashion models will replace ring card girls. Attendance is by invitation only,” said Vikram.
The event is expected to put Malaysia in the boxing world map as well as encourage more youngsters to be active in boxing. Capstone Sports are also eager to play a role in the promotion and development of boxing.
Vikram said the WPBF Championship would not only be a ‘game changer’ for boxing in the country but also raise the bar of excellence for the sport.
“Malaysian boxers could be on par with their regional counterparts if given systematic training and appropriate exposure. Attention should also be given to the simultaneous development of the sport if we want to produce more potential boxers.
“Sapok Biki won Malaysia’s first gold medal (48kg) in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.
“With hope as high as the mountains, we want to give traction and generate interest in boxing so that we may unearth new talents and find a gem that will shine in 2020 Olympics in Tokyo,” said Vikram.