World Boxing Union (WBU) Champion Hamidullah Rahimi is scheduled go into the ring to compete with his opponent in Afghanistanâ€™s first ever professional boxing event ever in his war-torn country.
â€œWorld Boxing Union (WBU) Champion Hamidullah Rahimi would take on his challenger Rafael Bejaran from the Republic of Dominican in Kabul on Oct. 30,â€ The local Pajhwok Afghan News reported.
The Afghan boxer Hamid Rahimi won the World Boxing Union (WBU) Championship by defeating his Belarusian rival in Hamburg, Germany this past February. Rahimi, 29, who has lived in Germany for the past 20 years, has been boxing for over 15 years. An Afghan by origin, the pugilist has won 20 of the 21 matches he has played so far,â€ the reports said, adding the event will took place in a giant tent in western edge of Afghan capital Kabul.
It was seen as an important step toward the realization of Rahimiâ€™s dream to host the first-ever professional boxing event in Kabul under the banner of â€œFight 4 Peaceâ€, the report said. â€œAn athlete hoists his countryâ€™s flag after a competition without any bloodshed. The upcoming duel will send a strong message of peace to the world. Therefore, I call it a fight for peace,â€ Rahimi was quoted as saying. â€œI requested the competition be held in Kabul because I want to change the landscape of athletics in Afghanistan. I also want the world to know that Afghanistan has the best athletes,â€ the Afghan sportsman added.