On November 15th fight fans in Russia get an interesting card featuring a number of title bouts.
For us the most interesting of those title bouts will see Filipino teenager Jerry Castroverde (9-3, 5) battle against unbeaten Tajik born Russian based Shavkat Rakhimov (6-0, 4) for the WBO Youth Super Featherweight title.
For Castroverde the bout will be his first bout following a loss in South Africa to Aphiwe Mboyiya, in a bout for the IBF version of the same title, and sees him trying to record his biggest win this year, and build in a 2015 win over Lorenzo Villanueva. Although he is 0-1 on the road there were reports that he did deserve the decision in South Africa and he's not going to Russia to roll over, instead he's stated his intent is to take the result out of the hands of the judges.
As for Rakhimov the unbeaten hopeful will be looking to score his 7th win in less than a 12 month period, and steps back in class after stringing together 3 wins over limited opposition. He started his career with real excitement, beating the then 9-0 Mirzhan Zhaksylykov in his third bout, but has been protected since. This is a good step back up and his first title bout.
Another bout of interest to ourselves will see another Russian based Tajik in action as Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov (4-0, 2) takes on Russian Nikolay Buzolin (5-2-1, 1) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Lightweight title. This is a rematch from a May bout that Yaqubov won, via split decision, and we suspect to see an improved version of the novice here.
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