Top Prospect Keith Hunter To Face Sanjarbek Rakhmanov In
Rematch On ShoBox This Friday
Undefeated rising prospect Keith “The Bounty” Hunter will
face talented Sanjarbek “War” Rakhmanov in a rematch in the
10-round super lightweight ShoBox: The New Generation main
event Friday, February 28 live on SHOWTIME (10:45 p.m.
ET/PT) from Sam’s Town Casino in Las Vegas. Rakhmanov steps
in to replace previously scheduled opponent Malik Hawkins
who was forced to withdraw for medical reasons.
Hunter (11-0, 7 KOs) and Rakhmanov (12-2-1, 6 KOs) first met
on February 5, 2019, in an eight-round welterweight contest
that resulted in a narrow-split decision victory for Hunter.
Although Hunter controlled the action in the early rounds
and scored a knockdown in the second, Rakhmanov recovered
and landed some heavy blows in the later rounds. The
scorecards read 77-74, 76-75 and 75-76.
Rakhmanov, who fought to a draw with Alfonso Olvera on
ShoBox in May of 2016, will be making his second appearance
on the prospect developmental series and his ninth start at
Sam’s Town Live. In his most recent performance on September
20, 2019, he broke down Andre Byrd, delivering punishment to
the body for four straight rounds, leading to Byrd taking a
knee and ending the fight. He currently trains with Chris
Ben-Tchavtchavadze at the Mayweather Boxing Club.
The 30-year-old Rakhmanov, who was born in Tashkent, the
capital city of Uzbekistan, was a top amateur with more than
140 bouts, including a Gold Medal win at the 2009 Asian
Amateur Boxing Championship. In 2013, he became the national
champion of Uzbekistan. After signing with Mayweather
Promotions in 2014, he turned pro with an impressive 1:21
first-round knockout over Brett Simmons in June of 2015.
In the ShoBox co-main event, 2016 Olympian and undefeated
super lightweight prospect Richardson Hitchins (10-0, 5 KOs)
takes on Rhode Island’s Nick DeLomba (16-2, 5 KOs) in a
10-round bout. Once-beaten Las Vegas native Kevin Newman II
(11-1-1, 6 KOs) faces Albania’s Genc Pllana (7-1-1, 4 KOs)
in a 10-round super middleweight matchup to open the
Barry Tompkins will call the action from ringside with
boxing historian Steve Farhood and former world champion
Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive
producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and
Rick Phillips directing.