Friendly verbal sparring for Rahman on `Tonight'


April 28, 2001|By Bill Free

Baltimore's Hasim Rahman continued to bask in the warm glow of the national spotlight last night, appearing on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," but it was obvious that Rahman was more at ease talking about his hometown.

Rahman, the new world heavyweight champion, gave Mayor Martin O'Malley and the ESPN Zone plugs, and there was also was time to talk about the infamous wreck Wednesday on Lombard Street during the downtown victory celebration.

Rahman and Leno joked that the fighter was more shaken up when he was knocked out of the red convertible he was riding in than at any time during the fight with Lennox Lewis that brought him the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation titles.

A smiling Rahman also told comedian George Carlin, who had joked earlier in the show that boxing isn't a sport, "he might get in trouble with that mouth of his."

Rahman was asked whether his sons also want to become boxers.

He answered that his 4-year-old, Sharif, isn't sure yet, but that his 9-year-old, Hasim Jr., hopes to become a doctor.

"He wants his daddy to hurt the people so he can fix them up," Rahman said.

Asked by Leno whom he would fight next, Rahman polled the crowd - Lewis or Mike Tyson? The reaction appeared to be mixed.

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