Dubai will once again play host to world title showdown as Shavkat Rakhimov faces Kenichi Ogawa for the vacant IBF junior-lightweight title this month.
The two men will clash on a D4G Promotions show at the Conrad Dubai on Friday 20 August, in the latest world title bout to take place in the region this year, following on from the historic battle between Jamel Herring and Carl Frampton in April.
Rakhimov (15-0-1, 12 KOs) was last in action in February, being held to a majority decision draw against former IBF champion Joseph Diaz, while he holds a stoppage victory over highly-rated Azinga Fuzile too.
Ogawa (25-1-1, 18 KOs) has just as impressive a record, with 18 of his 25 fights coming inside the distance, and he also shared the ring with former world champion Tevin Farmer back in 2017.
The highly-anticipated world title fight headlines yet another massive event in Dubai, which features some of the very best up and coming talent from across the world.
In Rakhimov vs Ogawa undercard action
Fearsome Kazakh cruiserweight Ali Baloyev (10-0, 7 KOs) returns, facing hard-hitting Rolly Lambert Fogoum (11-1-1, 10 KOs). Plus Apichet Petchmanee (9-0, 2 KOs) and Phumiritdet Chonlathondamrongkun (7-0, 7 KOs) meet for the WBC Asian lightweight title.
Two proud Dubai residents will compete on the bill too, as Hasibullah Ahmadi (10-0, 4 KOs) collides with Rauf Aghayev (31-9, 14 KOs), and Faizan Anwar (7-0, 4 KOs) goes up against Ricky Sismundo (35-15-3, 17 KOs).
On the undercard, Khurshid Tojibaev (4-0, 2 KOs), Bader Samreen (2-0, 2 KOs), Ryan Aston (20-5-2, 8 KOs), Jamie King (1-0, 1 KO), and Sultan Al-Nuaimi (3-0, 2 KOs) are all set to compete as well.
Check out the current Rakhimov vs Ogawa fight card below.
Rakhimov vs Ogawa fight card
- Shavkat Rakhimov vs. Kenichi Ogawa – vacant IBF junior lightweight title
- Ali Baloyev vs. Rolly Lambert Fogoum
- Apichet Petchmanee vs. Phumiritdet Chonlathondamrongkun
- Hasibullah Ahmadi vs. Rauf Aghayev
- Faizan Anwar vs. Ricky Sismundo
- Ryan Aston vs. Shalva Guchmazovi
- Bader Samreen vs. Sharobiddin Jurakhonov
- Sultan Al Nuaimi vs. Mishiko Shubitidze
- Jamie King vs. Taryel Jafarov