Former IBF and WBA boxing champion, Muhammad Rachman of Indonesia is back to seek a third world title at the tender age of 42. â€œIâ€™m not Bernard Hopkins, but he is the inspiration for everybody,â€ Rachman said. Rachman will stage the bout with his newly established promotion company, Muhammad Rachmanâ€™s Spirit in Jayapura City, in his home country of Indonesia. Rachman (64-11-5, 34 KOs) will take on a Thai challenger, Thortailek sor Tanapinyo (18-15, 7 KOs) for the International Boxing Organization (IBO) Junior Flyweight IBO title on February 21.
Nicknamed â€œThe Rock Breaker,â€ Mohammad Rachman Sawaluddin bin Suhaimat was born in Merauke, Papua, Indonesia in 1971. He got his nickname after defeating top-rated Filipino boxer Ernesto â€œHard Rockâ€ Rubillar, in Jakarta in March of 2003. Rachman went on to win the International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Straw-weight Championship by a split decision against Daniel Reyes of Colombia in September of 2004 in Jakarta. On July 7, 2007, Rachman lost his title in a decision to Filipino boxer Florante Condes.
In April of 2011 Rachman knocked out Thai boxer Kwanthai Sithmorseng in the 9th round to claim the World Boxing Association (WBA) World Minimum-Weight title. Then in July of 2011, Rachman lost the WBA World Minimum-Weight title to Thailandâ€™s Pornsawan Porpramook in a controversial majority decision.
Rachman only fought once in all of 2013. He is the fourth ever Indonesian boxer to win a boxing world title.