LAHORE - Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas feels the national selectors have played a big gamble by including out-of-action paceman Mohammed Asif in the next month's Champions Trophy squad , reported PTI. Klassen defends IBF belt in first Stateside fight HOUSTON (Texas) (AFP) - Malcom Klassen fights for the second time outside his native South Africa Saturday when he puts his International Boxing Federation super featherweight title on the line against Robert Guerrero. Klassen, who fought in London in 2002, will be making his first defence of the title that he won for a second time with a seventh-round technical knockout of compatriot Cassius Baloyi in April. He had claimed the belt for the first time with a split decision victory over Gaiy St. Clair in 2006, but relinqished it by split decision against Mzonke Fana in his first defence. Since that defeat, Klassen is 4-0, all victories inside the distance, and he says he hasn't made the trip to Texas to see that streak end. "For me to come to Houston from South Africa and leave my title here is not going to happen," Klassen said. "That will never happen." Klassen is counting on his first fight in the United States to be a springboard to fame in North America."This fight will open up doors," he said. "I'm not a person who needs a lot of money. I just want to make my name." Guerrero, a two-time featherweight world champion, moves up a division to challenge Klassen. Guerrero is no stranger to tough fights. He won a title fight in Denmark before hostile fans, and has fought throughout his wife's ongoing battle with leukemia. He brings a record of 24-1-1, with 17 knockouts, But his no-contest against Daud Yordan, when he said he couldn't continue because of a cut, sparked questions. "The one area where Guerrero is going to be tested is in the heart department, and we've noticed the heart isn't too big," Klassen trainer Nick Durandt said. The card also features a high-profile catch-weight fight between two former world champions - Juan Diaz and Paulie Malignaggi. Former lightweight titlist Diaz (34-2, 17 KO), has lost two of his last three, including a knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in February. Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KO), was stopped by Ricky Hatton last November 22 and has fought only once since, beating little known Christopher Fernandez over eight rounds in April. Asif has not played cricket in the last 16 months since playing in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League. He was included in the 15-man squad though he is still serving a 12-month ban for a doping offence in the first IPL tournament. The ban will end on September 22, the day the Champions Trophy starts in Johannesburg. "He has not played any cricket since last year and no one knows properly about his match fitness or general fitness condition. It seems to me a big gamble taken by the selectors to rush Asif into the national team," Abbas said. "It would have been better if the selectors and board had given Asif some more time to play domestic matches after the conclusion of his ban period and then consider him for the national side," he said. Abbas also said that it was always be difficult for a pace bowler to make a comeback to international cricket after such a long lay-off period and that too without playing any domestic matches. "It is a gamble considering the tough nature of the Champions Trophy and it is a decision which I feel will have a lot of influence on the performance of the team in the upcoming series," Abbas said.