On August 20 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, there will be a battle for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) super featherweight world
On August 20 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, there will be a battle for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) super featherweight world title. World-ranked Japanese # 3 Kenichi Ogawa (25-1-1 / 18KOs, 33-year-old from Tokyo’s Teiken Boxing Gym) and world-ranked Russian # 1 undefeated left-hander Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov (15-0-1 / 12KOs , 26-year-old Tajikistan-born) are going to fight for the IBF super featherweight crown.
Rakhimov’s most recent fight was in February 2021 in Indio, California, where he drew 12 rounds with Californian Joseph Diaz, who had lost the IBF super featherweight world title on a scale, a day before the fight because of his overweight. in official weigh-in. If Shavkat Rakhimov had beaten Joseph Diaz, he could have become the new world champion, but he couldn’t.
The Japanese Kenichi Ogawa, who was so eagerly awaiting this world opportunity, is now very motivated by his fight in Dubai and declares that he will have to proudly return to Japan at all costs as a new world champion with a glitz of great triumph above all in dubai.
He emphasizes very decisively with his warm blood with the following words that “my heart boils to go to fight in Dubai to be crowned world monarch. I have experienced many things after being dethroned as the IBF super feather king due to doping. “
Ogawa is ready and attentive to take advantage of his bitter experience as a precious blank and now he is disciplining himself both physically and morally so that he is able to resurrect in the Dubai ring with his holy ambition to cleanse his honor to caste of a well deserved professional of the ring.
We recall that four calendar years ago, Ogawa had been able to return triumphantly to Japan in mid-December 2017 as the brand new IBF super featherweight champion thanks to his victory on points over the American Tevin Farmer, for a vacant crown in a fight held. in Las Vegas on December 9, 2017.
Japanese sports journalism could not help but sensationally highlight his new crowning of Kenichi Ogawa as the IBF Super Featherweight World Champion in the ring in Las Vegas, USA.
Japanese boxing congratulated itself on the prowess of Kenichi Ogawa. On December 22, 2017, Kenichi Ogawa visited his homeland, Toyohashi City of Aichi Province, and as a sports hero he was gloriously awarded the Toyohashi City Special Sports Award by the Toyohashi Municipality.
But his happiness from Ogawa was short-lived, as the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced on January 9, 2018 that Ogawa tested positive for doping four days before his lawsuit with Tevin Farmer in Las Vegas. on December 9, 2017.
In April 2018, the Nevada Commission officially announced the revocation of Ogawa’s triumph over Farmer due to a doping violation. That fight has been null and void. This was the reason why the Nevada Commission decided to strip Ogawa of the IBF super featherweight title and gave him a six-month suspension. The Japan Boxing Commission chose to sentence Ogawa to a 12-month suspension.
In February 2019 at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall, Ogawa staged his return to boxing fight and won a unanimous decision over Philippine lightweight champion Roldan Aldea.