Klitschko-Povetkin: Rakhim Chakhkiev to Face Giulian Ilie

By Alexey Sukachev and Yuri Tarantin (

According to Team Chakhkiev, their protégé and the recent cruiserweight world title challenger will take on Romanian journeyman / fringe contender Giulian Ilie in his comeback fight following a disappointing June setback against WBC champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.

The 30-year old Olympic heavyweight gold medalist in Beijing, with a record of 16-1, 12 KOs, as a pro, and his 36-year old counterpart are scheduled for a ten-rounder. Chakhkiev is rated #5 by the WBC and IBF, and #15 by the WBA. Ilie (20-6-2, 6 KOs) has previously scored several upset losses, has never been stopped and is 2-0 this year following two back-to-back losses in 2012. He seems to be a legitimate opponent for Chakhkiev and can test his confidence following the recent loss.

The fight will be a part of a big undercard for the historical Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alexander Povetkin showdown, which is set to be held on Oct. 5 at the Olimpiyskiy Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia. Ruslan Chagaev faces Jovo Pudar, and Grigory Drozd matches up with undefeated Pole Mateusz Masternak in an important cruiserweight fight in the same card.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dan_cov on 09-05-2013

Glad hes staying at cruiser, Dan Rafael had his next fight down as a HW fight. Seems a perfect comeback opponent!

Comment by hyeduk on 09-05-2013

I hope Rakhim takes it on the chin and he doesnt take shots on the chin. Rakhim by Tko in late rounds

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Sam Maxwell Moves To 6-0, Returns In Belfast Next Month Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam: Stats & Stakes Prograis Leaning Toward Ramirez Over Imam in '50-50 Fight' Don King: Imam Will Knock Out Ramirez; Give Us Pacquiao Next Luis Ortiz Coach Talks Loss, Confident Wilder is KO'd in Rematch Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo, Mikey Garcia, PEDs in Boxing, More Frank Warren Talks Sadam Ali vs. Liam Smith Showdown Kal Yafai Wants The Chocolatito Showodwn, Then Sor Rungvisai Linares: Lomachenko is Fast - But He Does Not Have My Punch! Jeff Horn Warns Crawford: I'll Expose That Lack of Toughness! Roberto Arriaza Crushes Sammy Valentin With Knockout in One Kemahl Russell Drills Michi Munoz in The Second Round The Real Reason Why Floyd Mayweather Is Training MMA Antonio Orozco Wins Return, Estrada and Durate Shine in LA Chavez Sr. Gives Canelo The Edge, Picks Him To Beat Golovkin Undefeated Prospect Gets 11 Years For Being Illegal Drugs Kingpin Miguel Berchelt vs. Miguel Roman May Head To a Purse Bid Top Contender is Accused of Hiring Hitman in Murder of Lawyer Photos: Michael Dutchover, Scott Alexander Ready For Bouts Isaac Chilemba Wins Decision Over Blake Caparello Bellew Frustrated, Explains His Beef With Canelo's Positive Tests Arum on 'Improved' Verdejo: I Have To See it With My Own Eyes Photos: Gvozdyk vs. Amar, Michael Conlan - Ready For Action Photos: Verdejo, Diaz, Pedraza - Puerto Rico Triple Weigh-In Photos: Jose Ramirez, Amir Imam - Ready For Battle in New York Jorgen Hansen Passes Away at 74 Years Old Imam-Ramirez ESPN Tripleheader Weights From MSG Theater Chisora: Little Trainer Won't Help, Bellew Will Knock Haye Out! Yamaguchi Falcao Aims To Impress Against Richard Gutierrez Jose Ramirez: Nothing Amir Imam Does Worries Me Too Much Joe Joyce vs. Donnie Palmer To Be Streamed Live By Ringstar BBBoC news: Andrew Selby must travel to France for Legrand Joshua Doesn't Want Wilder In Ring Post-Parker to Hype Fight News: Oliver Flodin, Stephon Young, Bare Fist Boxing Nietes: Sor Rungvisai, Estrada, Chocolatito - I Want Them Next! Gvozdyk Unsure WBC Will Make Stevenson-Jack Winner Face Him Crawford Erupts, Tells Jeff Horn: You Know I'm F***ing You Up! Parker Warns Joshua: I Look Forward To Handing Out a Whipping!'s Television Picks of The Week - March 16 Felix Valera, Popeye Lebron return to action in the DR on 3/17

Latest Active Forum Threads