Rakhim Chakhkiev in Line For Masternak Showdown

By Alexey Sukachev and Yuri Tarantin (

According to Vyacheslav Karakash, the manager of highly regarded 2008 Beijing heavyweight gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev, his protégé is on the verge of fighting for the European cruiserweight crown after being nominated as the mandatory challenger for the prestigious blue belt.

“Our promoter Waldemar Kluch told us that he was starting negotiations for Rakhim to take part in the continental title fight”, said Karakash to “Rakhim is presently in his native Ingushetia. He will start the active stage of his preparations for the upcoming fight in a week”.

Chakhkiev (16-0, 12 KOs) is ranked #3 by the WBC, #9 by the IBF, #10 by the WBA and #12 by the WBO. The 30-year old southpaw, who has just celebrated his birthday, was 5-0, 3 KOs, in 2012, earning the WBC Baltic belt and defending it twice. He notched stoppage wins over several well-known veterans, including ultra-durable journeyman Zack Page, former world title challenger Epifanio Mendoza, and Contender Season III finalist Jaidon Condrington.

The EBU belt belongs to fellow undefeated prospect Mateusz Masternak (29-0, 21 KOs) from Poland. The clash between two hard-hitting up-and-comers can surely be a cracker of sorts – one, which will certainly thrill the fans.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -PANDA- on 01-17-2013

u have two strong undefeated contenders willing to face eachother and u guys complain? i don't see any problem with this fight...the winner would be well deserving of a title shot i've only seen masternak fight once on the undercard…

Comment by raf727 on 01-17-2013

Damn definitely my two favorite CW up and comers facing off so soon, it'll be a barnburner thats for sure. I agree with both of y'all, it is too soon for this match to come off, it needs to marinate…

Comment by dan_cov on 01-17-2013

Nooo! My two favourite up & coming Cruisers. Agree with Freedom, they should go separate ways and meet up at a later date when they have a world title a piece.

Comment by The Hammer on 01-17-2013

They shouldn't fight each other yet. I'd sooner Masternak and Chakhkiev clean out the cruiserweight division first, then fight each other in late 2014 or in 2015.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Weekend Review: Jose Ramirez Rises, Felix Verdejo Crumbles Zou Shiming: I Don't Have The Courage To Retire at The Moment Lucas Browne Maintains Innocence in Drug Testing Beefs Floyd Mayweather Says He Will Apply For MMA License Horn's Coach: Crawford Will Be in For a Big Shock in First Round! Berchelt To Make Another Voluntary Defense, Then Roman Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez: Positive or Negative? WBC Prez: I'm Not Protecting Canelo, But We Have To Be Fair! Arum Says ESPN Momentum Building, Big Plans Ahead in 2018 Danny O'Connor Gets Off The Floor, Decisions Steve Claggett Felix Verdejo Very Angry With Decision To Stop The Fight Video: Crawford's Coach Shreds Horn - Warns Spence, Thurman Kyril Relikh vs. Eduard Troyanovsky Showdown is Ordered Danny Roman vs. Moises Flores Must Happen By June, Says WBA Arum Wants Ramirez, Prograis to Take Interim Fights on Same Card Michael Conlan Hopes To Fight in Belfast on June Date Kovalev-Marcus Browne Deal Done for HBO Bout; Date Not Set Arum: Felix Verdejo Very Disappointing; It's a Lack of Discipline Felix Valera, Luis Lebron Grab Knockout Wins in Santo Domingo Sam Soliman, Wes Capper Fight To a Twelve Round Draw Ryuya Yamanaka Retains WBO Strap, Canizales Wins WBA Belt Photos: Gvozdyk Earns WBC Shot, Michael Conlan Excites Crowd Joe Joyce-Dereck Chisora Likely To Be Confirmed For Bellew-Haye Photos: Jose Ramirez Breaks Down Amir Imam For WBC Belt Roach: Linares Has Fight Left in Him; Might Be Too Old for Loma Photos: Antonio Lozada Drills, Stops Felix Verdejo in Shocker Photos: Joe Joyce With Crushing One-Punch KO of Donnie Palmer CompuBox: Jose Ramirez's Pressure, Power Shots Was Difference Robert Helenius Wins Split Decision Over Yury Bykhautsou Gvozdyk: I Want The Stevenson vs. Jack Winner in My Next Fight! Giovanni Cabrera Mioletti Shocks Ray Lampkin With KO in Two Lozada: I Knew I Would KO Felix Verdejo, I Went For it in Tenth Cristian Mijares Gets Stoppage Win Over Fernando Saucedo Jaime Munguia Knocks Out Johnny Navarrete in The Third Roach: Ramirez Won Every Round, 2 Judges Should Be Investigated! Don King: Imam Didn't Throw Enough, Ramirez Was Relentless Michael Conlan Demolishes David Berna in Two Rounds Jose Ramirez Lands Gold, Decisions Amir Imam For WBC Title Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gvozdyk Wins Tough Decision Over Amar, in Line For WBC Shot

Latest Active Forum Threads