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Shavkat Rakhimov vs Kenichi Ogawa postponed, rest of Aug. 20 show to go on

The fight is set to crown a new IBF titleholder at 130 lbs.

Joseph Diaz Jr. vs Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

The vacant IBF junior lightweight title fight between Shavkat Rakhimov and Kenichi Ogawa will not be taking place Aug. 20 as planned, but the rest of the D4G show will go on as scheduled in Dubai.

The new main event will see Ali Baloyev (10-0, 7 KO) taking on Rolly Lambert Fogoum (11-1-1, 10 KO) in a cruiserweight bout, and the co-feature will now be a featherweight matchup between Hasibullah Ahmadi (10-0, 4 KO) and Rauf Aghayev (31-9, 14 KO).

There will be other fights on the card, too, and the fights are still set to stream on ESPN+.

“Unfortunately we lost the world title fight between Shavkat Rakhimov and Kenichi Ogawa, but we have a stacked card full of incredible fighters, who we believe have what it takes to become world champions in the future,” said D4G’s Ahmed Abdulmagied Seddiqi via press release. “It’s the latest big event to take place in Dubai, and we are confident that fans will be treated to non-stop action from start to finish.”

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