Beasts from the East are cropping up in different continents and taking over in some divisions, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

Hoping to join the crew is Russian-based Shavkat Rakhimov, who has won all 13 fights thus far, amassing an impressive 10 knockouts along the way.

BoxNation viewers can see his credentials on Saturday 23rd March when he makes the third defence of his IBO Super-Featherweight Title against South African Rofhiwa Maemu.

BoxNation give you the lowdown on the southpaw destroyer:

1) He comes from the Tajikistan capital Dushanbe but has moved north to Ekaterinburg, Russia, some 1800 miles away to further his fight career.

2) Rakhimov and his handlers could have been a bit more original with his nickname...'Cotto'! Can you guess who inspired that?

3) He is a solid pressure fighter who looks to stay on top of opponents and let his hands go, often giving up his height advantage to barrel forward.

4) As a child he was outstanding at sport and competed in basketball, boxing, running and volleyball. But at the of 11 he decided to stick with the gloves.


5) Before turning professional in December 2015 he was three-time Tajikistan National Amateur Champion and boxed at the 2013 World Championships. He beat Adilson Justino and Branimir Stankovic, but lost in the last 16 round to Ermek Sakenov.

6) He also won a bronze medal at the 2014 World University Championships in Yakutsk, Russia.

7) Rakhimov has shown plenty of fighting heart after getting off the floor against Jimmy Paypa in May 2017, before knocking out the Filipino with a body shot in round six.

8) Already in his career he has won the WBO Inter-Continental Youth and WBC Eurasia Pacific baubles before the IBO crown.

9) His best wins have came in his last two fights against two-time IBF Champion Malcolm Klassen, who was stopped in eight, and last time out against Robinson Castellanos who was torn apart in two rounds.

10) Shavkat in ranked number 4 by the WBC for Miguel Berchelt’s title and fifth by the IBF.