Zahir Raheem's comeback highlights Battle of the Boat 91 in Tacoma
Zahir Raheem hasn't fought since 2010, but will take on Santos Pakau in the 10-round main event at Emerald Queen Casino.
Former lightweight contender Zahir Raheem will begin his boxing comeback Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, headlining the Battle at the Boat 91 card.
Raheem, 36, has not fought since 2010. In 2005, he beat Erik Morales for the WBC international lightweight title six months after Morales had beaten Manny Pacquiao. Raheem's victory was named the upset of the year by Ring Magazine.
Saturday, Raheem (31-3) will fight Santos Pakau (28-7-2) of Toppenish in a 10-round main event at the Emerald Queen. Pakau, 29, is 1-6-1 in his past eight fights.
Raheem lost a close split decision to Acelino Freitas in 2006 for the vacant WBO lightweight world championship. Raheem fought twice in 2010, winning a six-round decision from Roberto Valenzuela, then stopping Valenzuela in the second round of a rematch.
The first fight is scheduled for 7 p.m. In the semi-main event, Virgil Green (5-1) of Vancouver, Wash., will face Dave Petryk (3-3-1) of Cloverdale, B.C.
Green, the current Northwest junior welterweight champion, is replacing Marcelino Pineda, who was injured during training.