Afghan boxer Hamid Rahimi knocks out Tanzanian Mbelwa
By Sajad - Tue Oct 30 2012, 10:35 pm
Afghan boxing legend Hamid Rahimi and unheralded Tanzanian boxer Said Mbelwa made history when they stepped into the ring for the “Fight 4 Peace” in Kabul, the first professional boxing event in the history of Afghanistan.
The boxing championship was started with the national antheme of Afghanistan and Tanzania. Millions of Afghans watched the match, which was broadcasted live. The Taliban banned boxing towards the end of their rule.
Afghan boxing legend Hamid Rahimi knocked out Tanzanian boxer Said Mbelwa in the middle of the seventh round.
The first round of the championship ended with no major achievement for the two boxers but Hamid Rahimi managed to hit 3 punchs on the head and face of his opponent from Tanzania during the second round of the match.
The two boxers dispalyed a good boxing during the third round of the match however Hamid Rahimi put a good pressure on his rival during the first few seconds of the round.
Said Mbelwa started the fourt round of the match much aggressive with more attempts and techniques to gain some points on his Afghan rival but was punished by Hamid Rahimi during the fifth round of the match after Rahimi found a gap to beat several punches on his head and face during the mid and final seconds of the match.
The pressure momentum was kept by Hamid Rahimi during the sixth round of the match which was also followed by a good display by Said Mbelwa and the seventh round of the match was once again started with much aggressive boxing by the two boxers but Said Mbelwa seemed to be injured on his shoulder during the starting seconds of the seventh round where the Refree of the ground delayed the match.
Hamid Rahimi was announced as the winner of the match after his opponent from Tanzania could not continue the match due to injury.
He won the WBO Intercontinental middleweight belt during the first professional fight to take place in Afghanistan.
Hamid Rahimi was born on 12th September 1983 in Afghanistan (Kabul). In 1992, he fled the civil war and came to Germany (Hamburg) with his parents and three siblings. A crucial experience from his childhood marked the beginning of his boxing career.
On 10.11.2006 Hamid Rahimi entered the ring for the first time under the name of “The Dragon” – his successful professional debut. Hamid Rahimi’s sporting career shows a shining track record as an unbeaten professional boxer.
Rahimi has won 20 of his 21 fights. He has been followed by hundreds of fans to each interview and public appearance he has made in the week leading up to this match.
Said Mbelwa (19-8-4, 12 KOs) who fought four the WBO Youth world cruiserweight championship in December 2011, losing to Agron Dzila from Switzerland, renewed his threat to knock out Rahimi in four rounds.
The afghan-German boxer Hamid Rahimid said, “I thank the people of Afghanistan who gave me the energy and thanks to the government of Afghanistan for arranging the security for such an important.”
He said the credit of the belt goes to Afghanistan and all the Afghans and that it was the beginning of professional boxing in Afghanistan.