Earlier today in Thailand fans and the media had the opportunity to see Indonesian veteran Muhammad Rachman (65-11-5, 35) take part in a public practice session ahead of his WBA interim world title challenger against Knockout CP Freshmart (9-0, 5).
The 43 year old Indonesian spent much of the session hitting the pads and although he is old he did manage to show glimpses of the talent that saw him twice holding world titles at the weight. Sadly at 43 those glimpses really were little more than fleeting moments.
Given his experience it's though he could fiddle a few rounds out of his younger and unbeaten foe though the clear view is that Knockout should stop Rachman. On paper that's an incredible achievement given that Rachman has only been stopped once in 81 fights, by the sensational Denver Cuello, though not too impressive when one considers Rachman's age and inactivity in recent years..
Despite his age Rachman did look in relatively good shape and is likely to be confident in upsetting the unbeaten Knockout, much like he did almost 4 years ago, when he surprisingly stopped the then unbeaten Kwanthai Sithmorseng to claim the WBA "regular" title. Can lightning strike twice for Rachman? We suspect not, but in the theatre of the unpredictable anything can happen.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
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