Wahib Raheem has a pretty good role model as he embarks on his professional boxing career.
Raheem, who won a unanimous decision over Istafa Jihad in his pro debut Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino, is the younger brother of Zahir Raheem - who has been in several world title fights.
“It felt good, but I got tired,” said Wahib Raheem, who won over 100 fights as an amateur growing up in Philadelphia. He almost quit boxing, but heeded the advice of his parents to stay with it.
While Jihad launched countless punches in the four rounds, not even a quarter of those landed because of Wahib Raheem's quickness.
There were no knockdowns in the junior lightweight battle.
All three cards went in Raheem's favor. Judge David Sutherland gave Raheem a 40-39 edge while Oren Shellenburger and Henry Ellick each had it 40-36 in Raheem's favor.
“He did a good job,” said big brother Zahir, who has been part of promoter Tony Holden's stable for some time now. “His conditioning wasn't what we wanted. I am going to get him back in the gym. Four rounds shouldn't be anything. He works more than that in the gym.”
Both Raheems are scheduled to be part of a Dec. 21 card in Atlanta. Opponents haven't been determined yet.
Zahir Raheem (28-2) has been idle since a May 18 win against Cristobal Cruz in Tulsa. It was his second win since dropping a split decision to Acelino Freitas in a fight to fill the vacant WBO lightweight title.
In the main event, Allan Green overpowered Sherwin Davis, posting a technical knockout at 1:22 of the second round.