Former IBF and WBA Minimumweight champion Muhammad Rachman (64-11-5, 34), pictured, may be 42 years old but it seems that he still believes he has what it takes to take him back to the top of the sport.
Rachman, who has fought just once in the last 2 years, will be returning to the ring on February 21st as he takes on Thailand's 26 year old Thongthailek Sor Tanapinyo (18-15, 7) in the Waringin Sports Hall, Jayapura.
Rachman, one of just 4 men from Indonesia to have won "big 4" world titles, is unlikely to ever claim another world title though will know that a win Thongthailek will see him win the IBO Light Flyweight International title. If nothing else this would be a great achievement for a man who is well beyond his typical "prime years", especially for such a small fighter and would further prove that we, fight fans, should never rule out a veteran.
It seems that the under-card is set to include Heri Amol (33-14-4, 13) and Sonny Manakane (17-14-3, 9) in action. Whilst neither of these are going to be world champions both are notable fighters for various reasons.
We're hoping that Rachman can help revitalise the Indonesian boxing scene after the retirement of Chris John, though we know it's highly unlikely given that Rachman is at such an advanced age. With a population like Indonesia has however, the country really is a sleeping giant in the boxing world and it may just take Rachman or one other fighter having success to awake the giant and that's something we hope we honestly hope we will see sometime soon.
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