Actually, when we told you that a fourth Beltway Boxer would make a national television appearance in January, Bayan Jargal was not the boxer we had in mind. However, "The Mongolian Mongoose" of Arlington, VA will be in action this Friday, January 10 when he faces Zahir "Z-Man" Raheem of Philadelphia, PA in a scheduled 10-round welterweight contest at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. ESPN2 will carry this co-feature bout.
Jargal (17-4-3, 11 KO's) will make his second straight appearance on ESPN2 and looks to do better than his last bout when he was stopped by Chris Howard in the third round on February 15 in Uncasville, CT. Jargal will compete for the first time as a welterweight.
Raheem (34-3, 21 KO's) is a former lightweight world title contender who lost a 12-round split decision to Acelino Freitas for the WBO title in April 2006. Raheem holds a victory over former world champion Erik Morales. The Emerald Queen Casino has been a home away from home for Raheem who will make his fourth straight appearance there with this bout. Raheem's last appearance was also against a Beltway Boxer when he stopped Tim Coleman in the second round on November 2.