Rakhimov vs Maemu

Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov Rofhiwa Maemu

Rakhimov Maemu

RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia

On air @ 3pm

23

Mar

The IBO World Super-Featherweight Title

Shavkat Rakhimov headlines on BoxNation from his hometown 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 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.

Aleksei Egorov Thomas Oosthuizen

Egorov Oosthuizen

On air @ 3pm

Cruiserweight contest

Russian powerhouse Aleksei Egorov takes on experienced operator Thomas Oosthuizen in a scheduled 10-round Cruiserweight contest.

Egorov (7-0, 6 KOs) looks to continue his destructive streak of six straight early nights, but comes up against his biggest challenge yet in the shape of 6'4 South African Oosthuizen (28-2-2, 16 KOs).

Professional experience may not be on Egorov's side but he has mixed it with good level operators in the paid ranks, including a win over former World Title challenger Lateef Kyode.

Oostuizen, 30, knows that he may be facing his final chance to surge up the Cruiserweight division. The former IBO World Champion is fighting off the back of a rematch loss to domestic rival Thabiso Mchunu, and knows anything but a win will end his hopes of ruling the division.

With Oleksandr Usyk moving up to Heavyweight, the Cruiserweight scene has been blown wide open, and both men will look to take up the mantle left by the Ukrainian.