KFA foundation


WFK Pan-American championship
August 2007 / Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Release                                                                        9th October  2006
By Heather Donald

On Saturday October 7th, a packed Charlottetown audience saw Muzammal Nawaz of Canada knock out Gary Bonefant in the seventh round to win the WFK-PRO World Light-Middleweight title. In the first round, Nawaz hit Bonefant with a hard lead hook from his southpaw stance. The punch hurt Bonefant and he was badly dazed. The game American regained his composure and fought valiantly through rounds 2-5 landing body attacks whenever he could. The highly conditioned Nawaz kept the pressure on landing stiff jabs and hard kicks at the end of each round.

In round 7, Nawaz again landed another punishing lead hook and Bonefant took a standing 8 count. The Canadian immediately jumped on his adversary hitting him relentlessly with punches. Bonefant tried to cover up but to no avail. He went down a second time but was unable to beat the standing 8 count.

Nawaz won the prestigious WFK World title - his 4th professional title with four different international sanctioning bodies.

The victory was meaningful for Nawaz as he had lost a bid for the Middleweight title in Uzbekistan in April of this year. The tough Vahid Roshni from Iran defeated Nawaz the Uzbek capital. With many personal and professional commitments as Canadian Kickboxing President; a coach to a team of elite level athletes; a father of 3 and with a full time career in the volunteer sector; Nawaz has always been challenged to stay focused on his professional kickboxing career.

For this important bout, he hired veteran professional boxing coach – Chris Johnson, the former NABF Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion and 1992 Olympic medallist – to train him for the bout. Nawaz put his commitments in the capable hands of his colleagues while he dedicated 10 weeks to train for this bout. Logging in 4-5 hours of training a day, he prepared like a true professional.

Gary Bonefant was a worthy opponent as the #1 World ranked contender with the ISKA and the current USKBA Intercontinental Champion. He has also hired former World Champion, Tony Ventura to prepare him for this bout. Bonefant also worked with professional boxers in his preparations including Welterweight Boxing Champion Micky Ward.

With the bout being held in Nawaz’s home country he had the partisan crowd on his side throughout the bout. A small but vocal American crowd began a ‘USA’ chant in the middle of the bout, but was deafened by the thousand + Canadians that began the ‘CANADA’ chant.

In the words Canadian official Vic Provost, ‘Muzammal looked like a completely different fighter tonight.’ Many of Nawaz’s loyal fans were pleasantly surprised at his performance in Charlottetown. An ecstatic Nawaz spoke to the office after the bout, ‘I have to thank Chris Johnson for his tremendous coaching and also to my support team of my Osteopath, Gus Kandilias who kept me healthy in training, to my manager Amer Mustafa who always believed I could achieve this moment, and to my inspirational team of amateur athletes on TAZ to whom I owe so much. I also want to thank the President of the WFK Mr. Manouchehri who believed in my abilities to offer me this WFK-PRO opportunity.’

 

 

 

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