The professional debut of Peking Olympic champion Rachim Chakhkiev ended in success on Saturday night in Rostock when the Russian cruiserweight scored an impressive second round KO over Tayar Mehmed. A hard left hook ended the night for the overtaxed Mehmed. Chakhkiev was very happy about his debut as a pro. “This was all very thrilling for me,” he said. “It’s a big difference from the amateurs. Everything is a few dimensions larger. It especially hit me when I made my first walk into the atmosphere of the arena. This makes me hunger for more.“
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Trainer Michael Timm, who has already worked with world cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan was very satisfied with his new charge. The analysis of the world champion trainer? “Rachim was brilliant. You can see the kind of nature he has. I have a good feeling for the future. He still needs to learn the right dosage as far as tempo, but we’re already doing this. In sparring he still had problems with it. However, in the fight [he did well].“
What impresses you the most about him?
That he validated his training performance. That he mentally handled his professional debut so well. His ambition in training. The fact that he is so eager to learn in training and also outside the ring. He’s working quite hard to learn German so that we can communicate better and better. I appreciate his openness and that he doesn’t play games.
What are his strengths as a boxer?
The series of hooks is his strongest weapon.
Do you think he’ll stay at cruiserweight?
I don’t think he’ll go higher, but you never can say.
What did Rachim think of his debut?
He was very relieved and very happy that everything went well. The free upper body, without head protection, and then the expectations were very high. When an Olympic champion moves to the pros, he is under scrutiny and high pressure. He handled everything just great!