Thailand welcomes back Muhammad Rachman on March 5th as he battles Knockout CP Freshmart for WBA interim world title!
When we think of fighters fighting beyond the age of their contemporaries we instantly think of fighters like Bernard Hopkins who is still a world class fighter well beyond the age typically associated with a fighter's "prime". Hopkins has shown that age is just a number and that a fighter can still compete with the best as long as they can look after their body.
A man hoping to following in Hopkins's footsteps is Indonesian veteran Muhammad Rachman (65-11-5, 35) who, at 43 years old, will look to become a "world" champion for the third time in his career.
On March 5th Rachman returns to Thailand for what will be his 6th bout in the country. His record there is only 1-3-1 however his last bout there was a memorable one, as he shocked the then unbeaten Kwanthai Sithmorseng and claimed the WBA Minimumweight title.
That win over Kwanthai was way back in 2011 when Rachman was 39 years old. His reign was a short lived one with the Indonesian losing his belt in his first defence, dropping a close decision to Pornsawan Popramook.
Although Rachman is a Minimumweight legend and a 2-time world champion it's clear he is ancient in terms of boxing. He will feel even older when he steps foot back in the ring in March and battles against youngster Knockout CP Freshmart (9-0, 5).
Knockout, the WBA "interim" Minimumweight world champion is only 24 years old and in fact he was was just a few months old when Rachman debuted way back in 1993. Essentially Rachman's boxing career is a similar age to Knockout's life.
This will be Knockout's first defense of the title he won last year, when he controversially defeated Carlos Buitrago and will be fought in Chonburi at the town hall.
With a 19 year age gap between the two men it's clear that Knockout will have youth on his side however Rachman has proven a number of things over his long and successful career. One of those is to never write him off.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
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