Rakhimov vs Maemu

Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov Rofhiwa Maemu

Rakhimov Maemu

RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia

On air @ 3pm



The IBO World Super-Featherweight Title

Shavkat Rakhimov heads a night of triple title action on BoxNation from his hometown of Ekaterinburg, Russia on Saturday 23rd March.

The former Tajik amateur star will be making the third defence of his IBO Super-Featherweight Title against South Africa’s Rofhiwa Maemu (18-7, 12 KOs).

Rakhimov, (13-0, 10 KOs) might be inexperienced as a professional but he has beaten some top operators, including former IBF Champion Malcolm Klassen.

In his last fight in August he stopped quality Mexican Robinson Castellanos, who in 2017 upset Yuriorkis Gamboa. The Mexican was dropped three times and saved by the ref in two rounds.

Maemu is in a rich vein of form having won his last six fights and picked up a WBA Pan African Title during his winning streak.

Our second title fight of the night sees the unbeaten Aleksei Papin (10-0, 9 KOs) and Vasil Ducar (7-0-1, 6 KOs) go head to head for the IBF International Cruiserweight belt, held by Papin.

In a third title fight Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu (13-0, 6 KO) risks his WBA Asia Super-Featherweight Championship against the experienced Pipat Chaiporn (46-12-2, 29 KOs).

Kyrgyzstan-born Uulu, who lives in Ekaterinburg, won the belt last April when he climbed off the floor to outpoint Leonardo Padilla.

He stopped Arstides Padilla in his first defence, but in December was taken the distance by Jon Jon Estrada before winning a clear decision.

His Thai challenger has been boxing professionally for more than 13 years, and in December 2017 lost against current IBF Super-Bantamweight champion TJ Doheny on a split decision.

Papin vs Ducar

Aleksei Papin Vasil Ducar

Papin Ducar

On air @ 3pm

IBF International Cruiserweight Title

Explosive action looks guaranteed when unbeaten cruiserweight bangers Papin and Ducar clash.

Papin, 31, will be making the second defence of his IBF International Cruiserweight crown against the Czech.

Russian Papin is being pushed quickly and holds a sensational one round KO of former World Title challenger Ismayl Sillah.

He boxed once last year, winning his title by stopping experienced South African Willbeforce Shihepo.

Ducar is the underdog, but very capable of causing an upset on the road as he proved in September when he travelled to France and banged out rising star Samuel Kadje in the 10th and final round when trailing on points.