Boxing triumph thrills Afghans

Crowds pay up to $100 per ticket to see Hamid Rahimi defeat his Tanzanian opponent in Kabul's Fight 4 Peace.

    Hamid Rahimi, Afghan-born boxer, has defeated Tanzania's Saed Mbelwa in Kabul's Fight 4 Peace.

    Rahimi's seven-round victory drew a raucous crowd who paid up to $100 per ticket for the country's first organised professional men's boxing match on Tuesday.

    Rahimi's victory comes in a year of sporting triumphs for Afghanistan.

    In August, Rohullah Nikpa won the nation's second-ever Olympic medal at the London 2012 games.

    Nikpa's bronze came four years after he secured Afghanistan's first-ever Olympic medal at the Beijing games.

    Earlier in October, the nation's highly successful first-ever football premier league came to a close, with organisers promising bigger and better next year.

    Al Jazeera's David Garrett reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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