Olympic champion Chakhkiev turns pro after signing contract with Universum Box-Promotion
Rakhim Chakhkiev   /  Photo: www.kp.md

Olympic champion Chakhkiev turns pro after signing contract with Universum Box-Promotion

29 Jul, 03:07 PM

2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist and Russian amateur standout Rakhim Chakhkiev has inked a promotional contract with Universum Box-Promotion, Fight-News.com reports.

Chakhkiev will join the training group of famed Universum trainer Michael Timm at the Universum Gym in Hamburg, and will campaign as a pro in the cruiserweight division.

“We simply had to get this Olympic champion,” said Universum Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “With Rakhim Chakhkiev we have a hard-hitting southpaw who boxes very attractively with a technically excellent and aggressive style. In several conversations Rakhim Chakhkiev persuaded us with his positive personal qualities, his unconditional will and his readiness for duty. We see in him a special boxer with big hopes and a lot of potential in the cruiserweight division.”

Rakhim Chakhkiev is a Russian pro boxer best known for winning Olympic Gold in 2008 and silver at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships‎, as an amateur heavyweight with 201 lbs/91kg limit.

Chakkhiev beat Jasur Matchanov inside the distance to become 2006 Military world champion at 201 lbs. He also beat Cuban Osmay Acosta 24:15 at the (team) World Cup 2006, although Russia lost.

In 2006 he lost to world class (silver medallist 2005) fellow southpaw Roman Romanchuk at the Russian Championships but defeated him 28-25 in 2007 to win the Russian national title 2007.

At the world championships he defeated among others Elchin Alizade of Azerbaijan 17-6 and John M'Bumba to reach the final where he lost 6:7 against Italian Clemente Russo. In 2008 he lost to Deontay Wilder in a Duals.


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