Rahman opts to stay busy, committing to fight April 16

Bout with T. Lewis comes on heels of win over Cole

Boxing

March 17, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Nearly three years to the day after his knockout of Lennox Lewis, former world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman will step into the ring with another Lewis.

Rahman (36-5-1) will go after his 30th knockout April 16 against Terrence Lewis (31-14-1, 21 knockouts), a hard-punching, 31-year-old journeyman from Philadelphia who is 2-6-1 in his past nine fights.

The bout will take place at Dover Downs Slots in Delaware and will be televised via tape delay. It will be Rahman's second fight on a Ballroom Boxing card, following his unanimous, 10-round decision over Al Cole on Thursday.

"It's a third fight with another Lewis, but not the one I want," said Rahman, 31, who lost the undisputed crown in a rematch with Lennox Lewis seven months after winning it on April 21, 2001. "I'll just have to knock out the one I'll be in the ring with."

Rahman's latest fight will come during a month in which every major crown in the heavyweight division is up for grabs.

Wladimir Klitschko, rated No. 4 by the World Boxing Council - one spot above Rahman - will meet Lamon Brewster on April 10 for the World Boxing Organization title.

On April 17, John Ruiz, coming off a 12-round win over Rahman, will defend his World Boxing Association championship against Fres Oquendo. On the same card, International Boxing Federation champ Chris Byrd will fight Andrew Golota.

On April 24, Vitali Klitschko and Corrie Sanders - whom Rahman knocked out in seven rounds - will meet in a battle of No. 2- and No. 3-ranked WBC fighters.

Vitali Klitschko and Sanders are after the belt Lennox Lewis relinquished by retiring last month, leaving the No. 1 ranking vacant. Rahman is ranked No. 5 by the WBC.

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