The 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev entered this fight with a boxing record of 24-1-0 (18 KOs=75%) and he is ranked as the No.7 cruiserweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Grigory Drozd). He suffered his only loss in 2013, against Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (=Wlodarczyk vs Chakhkiev) but then he has won eight consecutive bouts beating Hamilton Ventura in his last one (=Chakhkiev vs Ventura).
His opponent, Ola Afolabi, has an official record of 21-4-4 (10 knockouts) and he entered as the No.24 in the same weight class but he comes off the loss against Victor Emilio Ramirez (=Afolabi vs Ramirez). Chakhkiev vs Afolabi is valid for the IBO World cruiserweight title (Chakhkiev’s first defense); undercard of Alexander Povetkin vs Mariusz Wach. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Where: Basket-Hall Arena, Kazan, Russia
Division: cruiserweight (200 lbs, 90.7 kg)
Title: IBO World cruiserweight title
Chakhkiev’s previous fight: Rakhim Chakhkiev vs Hamilton Ventura
Afolabi’s previous fight: Ola Afolabi vs Victor Emilio Ramirez
Afolabi’s next fight: Ola Afolabi vs Marco Huck 4
Chakhkiev’s next fight: Rakhim Chakhkiev vs Tamas Lodi
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