The International Boxing Federation has confirmed Baltimore heavyweight Hasim Rahman as its No. 6 contender and has sanctioned his HBO-televised, 12-round fight against No. 5 Danell Nicholson on Oct. 7 as an elimination bout for its No. 1 ranking.
Rahman's co-manager, Steven Nelson, also confirmed the site of the bout as The Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn.
Rahman (34-2, 28 knockouts) said yesterday he will relinquish the World Boxing Council belt, which he won by knocking out South African southpaw Corrie Sanders earlier this year. Nicholson is 38-3 with 29 knockouts.