Earlier today in Las Vegas fight fans had the chance to see American based Uzbek fighter Sanjarbek Rakhmanov (11-1-1, 5) take a close and hotly contested win over 27 year old American foe Jonathan Steele (8-2-1, 6).
The bout, streamed over facebook by Mayweather promotions, was far from a classic with neither man looking great. It was however the slightly better work of Rakhmanov which impressed the judges as he took a unanimous decision win, with scores of 78-74 and 77-75, twice.
Rakhmanov had lost last time out, coming up short against Marquis Taylor, and he looked like he had that defeat on his mind at times. Especially late on when his face was showing the signs of a battle. Despite that he had done enough for the win. Sadly for Steele this loss kills the momentum he had gained from a big upset win over Steve Upsher Chambers.
Just over a week ago we reported that Mayweather promoted Uzbek hopeful Sanjarbek Rakhmanov (10-1-1, 5) would be back in the ring on December 7th in Las Vegas, though at the time his opponent hadn't been confirmed. Today however his opponent has been named.
The talented Uzbek, looking to bounce back from a decision loss to Marquis Taylor, suffered in August, will be up against 27 year old American foe Jonathan Steele (8-1-1, 6).
Steele, from Texas, won his first 7 bouts, from 2013 to the start of 2017, but has since gone 1-1-1. Despite his recent set backs it is worth noting that he stopped Steve Upsher Chambers this past May, in what is clearly the best result on his record. Given that result alone it's clear that Steele is a very decent fighter and could give the Uzbek real problems here.
Once beaten Uzbek hopeful Sanjarbek Rakhmanov (10-1-1, 5) will be returning to the ring on December 7th in Las Vegas, as he looked to rebuild following a loss in August to Marquis Taylor.
At the moment few details of the bout are known, with his opponent expected to be announced in the next week or so, along with the length of the bout.
The Las Vegas based 29 year old had been riding a 6 fight winning run before losing to Taylor, losing the NABF Junior Welterweight title that he had won back in January. It's clear he will be wanting to get back to winning ways, and appears to be training hard ahead of his next outing, even if the details of the bout haven't been fully sorted as of yet.
Given the short notice it's unlikely he will face someone too testing, though it's hard to imagine he won't be looking to claim titles again in the new year, so we're expecting this to be a stay busy type of fight, rather than a real test for Rakhmanov.
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