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Rahimi Prepares For Historic Boxing Match

Afghan World Boxing Union champion Hamid Rahimi
Afghan-German boxer Hamid Rahimi is preparing to make history.

He'll step into the ring on October 30 for the first international boxing event in Afghanistan in 30 years.

Rahimi will fight Tanzania’s Said Mbelwa for the Intercontinental Middleweight Championship being held in Kabul.

It's a World Boxing Organization-sanctioned event dubbed "Fight 4 Peace."

The 29-year-old pugilist says he believes "sports is something that can bring people of all religion and all region together."

Afghan President Hamid Karzai awarded Rahimi a state medal after he won the World Boxing Union championship in February.

Rahimi was nine when he left Kabul for Germany with his family in 1992 after the country plunged into a civil war.

Based on reporting by dpa, Reuters, Radio Free Afghanistan