Mayweather Promotions’ rising star Sanjarbek Rakhmanov is new to America, but no stranger to the ring. He was born on September 5th, 1989 in Tashkent—the capital city of Uzbekistan. His father, a boxing fanatic, persuaded Rakhmanov to take up boxing. At the age of 10, he began his training with Ziyotolin Toygonbaer at the -50 Boxing School in Andijon, Uzbekistan. His first years of training were the hardest for him, as gyms in Uzbekistan enforce various methods when it comes to molding the perfect fighter. He had to face-off against heavier and more experienced boxers as part of his training regime. After his first sparring session, he wanted to hang up his gloves for good. His father insisted that he not give up so easy, and reminded him that nothing worth having comes easy. Rakhmanov jumped back into the ring with his newfound motivation and hunger for success and hasn’t looked back.
He went on to participate in 140 fights as an amateur. Rakhmanov won a gold medal at the 2009 Asian Amateur Boxing Championship. In 2013, he became the national champion of Uzbekistan. Trainer Dewey Cooper eventually took him under his wing. When Cooper witnessed his talent as a fighter, he knew that Rakhmanov deserved to be in the spotlight. After making a few calls, Cooper landed him a chance of a lifetime and that was coming face–to-face with the world champion, Floyd Mayweather. In December 2014, Rakhmanov left Uzbekistan for Las Vegas, NV hoping to earn a spot on the Mayweather Promotions team. He trained rigorously with Cooper for six months at the Mayweather Boxing Club. His domineering power in the ring convinced Floyd that he deserved a place within his stable of fighters. In June of 2015, he was officially signed to Mayweather Promotions.
Rakhmanov made his pro debut at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 20, 2015. He faced Brett Simmons and walked away with a win by way of TKO. On September 12, 2015, he was featured on the undercard of Mayweather vs. Berto. Sanjarbek was up against Farkhad Sharipov “The Crazy Russian” in a 6-round bout, winning by unanimous decision. He added his third victory by way of TKO against Somner Martin at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on November 14, 2015. On January 19, 2016, Rakhmanov took on Jose Miguel Castro and defeated his opponent with a 4th round TKO. After a back-to-back winning streak, his bout against Alfonso Olvera on May 13, 2016 fell to a draw. On September 16, 2016, Sanjarbek returned to the ring to keep his undefeated record intact by defeating Marquis Hawthorne in their welterweight battle. Since then he has successfully maintained his winning streak and remains undefeated. The welterweight prospect is patient and takes something away from each fight, enabling him to continue developing his technique and climb the ranks. He currently holds a record of 9-0-1 with 4 KO’s and is looking to continue his streak of victories into 2018 and beyond.
Rakhmanov is driven by the desire of making his family’s name known to the world. He is determined to raise his family’s name to fame by collecting more wins and one day being able to gain a championship title. He thanks Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe for believing in him and providing the opportunity to turn his dream into a reality. Rakhmanov currently trains with Dewey Cooper at the Mayweather Boxing Club. When he’s not prepping for a fight, he likes to play soccer and swim to help him unwind. Rakhmanov maintains that the support of his family, friends, and the people of Uzbekistan has motivated him to continue on. If he wasn’t throwing power punches in the ring, Rakhmanov says he would have pursued a career as a businessman and oversee his family’s business in Uzbekistan. Even so, Rakhmanov is certain that boxing is his only destiny.