One of the fighters we were asked to cover for this series was Indonesian veteran Muhammad Rachman. The "Rock Breaker", who earned that name for beating Ernesto "Hard Rock" Rubillar", ran up an excellent 65-13-5 (35) record during a career that ran from 1993 to 2016 and was memorable for his WBA Minimumweight title reign, which began at a division setting record age of 39.
Despite those well known details of Rachman's career little is really reported about the fighter. So here we bring you 10 facts you probably didn't know about... Muhammad Rachman
1-Rachman was the third oldest, of 9 children. His parents were a civil servant, his father, and a farmer, his mother.
2-As a child Rachman was unruly at times, and there were stories of him sleeping on the streets and spent time imprisoned due to his behaviour. He began boxing in his teens, learning at an amateur boxing gym in Merauke.
3-Originally Eddy Pirih, one of the most notable Indonesian promoters, refused to sign Rachman, who was 20 at the time, due to his age.
4-Rachman was 23 when he made his debut in the professional ranks. Despite years of training as an amateur he had never actually fought as an amateur, meaning his 1993 bout against Muhammad Daud is his actual boxing debut.
5-In the year 2000 Rachman notched a win over another of Indonesia's few world champions, stopping former world champion Nico Thomas inside a round! Like Thomas was a former IBF Minimumweight champion, holding the same title that Rachman would later win, in 2004.
6-As already mentioned Rachman won the IBF Minimumweight title in 2004, when he beat Daniel Reyes to become the 4th Indonesian world champion. Interestingly his third defense, against Benjie Sorolla, came on Rachman's 35th birthday!
7-He is the only Indonesian fighter to have won world titles from 2 different world title bodies, winning both the IBF and WBA Minimumweight titles. He is however, not the only multi-time Indonesian world champion as Elly Pical is a 3-time IBF Super Flyweight champion.
8-When Rachman stopped Kwanthai Sithmorseng in Thailand 2011 to claim the WBA Minimumweight he became the first Indonesian fighter to win a world title away from home.
9-In an 83 fight professional bouts Rachman fought in only 3 countries. Indoensia, where he had 75 bouts, Thailand, where he fought 6 times, and the Philippines, where he fought twice. Incidentally he went 1-6-1 outside of Indonesian and 64-7-4 at home. He was also only stopped once in his career!
10- Rachman is a bachelor of law from Putra Bangsa University.
Thinking Out East
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