On undercard of the championship fight between Wladimir Klitschko and his challenger Mariusz Wach this Saturday night in Hamburg, Germany, former 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rakhim “The Machine” is Chakhkiev (15-0, 12 KO’s) will return to the ring. He faces the #15 WBA cruiserweight contender Andres Taylor (21-2-2, 8 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the O2 World Arena.
Taylor has been preparation for weeks because he was originally intended to meet the World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Guillermo Jones. This fight had to be canceled due to an injury that Jones suffered. While the public waits for the fight between Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Mariusz Wach, the bout between Chakhkiev and Taylor promises to be a great addition for the Klitschko fans and it should be a great show:
“Everyone is looking forward to the fight of Klitschko and I respect that, but I can the fans say in the hall just that. It pays to be there on time. I will show a spectacular fight Klitschko in terms of entertainment and competition do,” said the reigning WBC Baltic Champion Chakhkiev. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds, and it will take place right before the main battle between Klitschko and Wach. Chakhkie wants to put on a good show for everyone.
“I fought a few weeks ago [against Epifanio Mendoza], but I feel good and I’m already really excited about the fight in such a big arena. The short preparation was perfect,” says Chakhkiev . Chakhkiev destroyed Colombian Epifanio Mendoza in a 9th round TKO last month on October 12th in an impressive performance.
In getting ready for the Taylor bout, Chakhkiev sparred with Enad Licina from the Hamburg EC Boxing neighboring stable. Trainer Anthony Brooks expects a quick victory on Saturday. “I had to slow him [Chakhkiev] down in sparring at times in getting ready [for the Taylor bout], otherwise we would have needed more sparring partners. I expect that Rakhim will end the fight early,” Brooks said. With a knockout ratio of 80 percent, it will likely be an early end for this fight. The fans will be pleased.