Farkhan is ready to fight Zhaoxin for the Asian boxing title


PETALING JAYA: Boxer Mohd Farkhan Haron (pic) is not one to shy away from a challenge.

He intends to face off against China’s Zhang Zhaoxin for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian cruiserweight title later in the year after the Malaysian was stripped off his title.

This situation came about after WBC placed him as the Asia “champion in recess” because he has not fought for the last 12 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He won the WBC Asian cruiserweight title in December 2019.

His management team had sought clarification from the world body after they were informed that two Chinese boxers – Zhaoxin and Wang Jianzheng had fought for the Asian championship title last week. Zhaoxin won the fight with a technical knockout in the ninth round.

Farkhan, in a Facebook posting, claims he is still the legitimate WBC Asian cruiserweight champion.

“My management team have made an official objection to WBC Asia because we were never informed about the title fight. I believe I am still the legitimate title holder for that belt, ” said Farkhan.

“We then received an official letter from WBC Asia informing that I am the WBC Asia “champion in recess” but I was obstructed to have any fight in or out of my country due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“They have now given me the opportunity to fight for my title and the same goes to Zhaoxin.

“I am very serious in this matter because I have sacrificed my lifetime, big portion of money and countless efforts to be a professional boxer.

“I want to make a clear statement that I am not afraid to face any boxer including Zhaoxin, ” said the 32-year-old, who has also held the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Inter-Continental Championship and Asian-level World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight titles before this.

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