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Afghanistan set for first professional title bout

Tuesday, October 30 2012 by SNTV
  • Intro:

    Boxers Said Mbelwa and Hamid Rahimi weighed in on Monday, ahead of the first professional fight to be held in Afghanistan for the WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Championship.


    The Afghan capital, Kabul will be the focus of the boxing world on Tuesday when it hosts what has been labelled the "Fight 4 Peace".

    The 12-round championship bout for the vacant WBO Intercontinental middleweight belt will be the first professional fight to take place in Afghanistan.

    The two challengers, German-born Afghan Hamid Rahimi and Said Mbelwa from Tanzania, weighed in ahead of the fight on Monday.

    Twenty-three year-old Mbelwa, who fights in the super middleweight division, has a record of 31 fights with 19 wins, eight losses and four draws.

    Rahimi is six years older than his opponent - he has won 20 of his 21 fights.
    Rahimi believes the "Fight 4 Peace" will do just that.

    SOUNDBITE: (English)

    "The kids don't take guns, they come the sports way, and I believe in sports, I am a sportsman and I believe sports have the power and the magic to bring all the people, all regions together and I hope it bring peace to my home town."

    SUPER CAPTION: Hamid Rahimi, German-born Afghan boxer

    The main purpose of the event is to make a statement of peace and freedom in a country which has suffered from war and terrorism for almost forty years.

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