Rahman's next opponent is now Navarre

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Boxing

July 22, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman will face journeyman Quinn Navarre on Wednesday instead of England's Wayne Llewelyn, who pulled out of their scheduled Tuesday bout because of a viral infection, said Rahman's co-manager, Steve Nelson, yesterday.

Rahman (38-5-1), a Baltimore native, will go after his 32nd knockout against Navarre (30-12-1, 20 KOs), of Slidell, La., when they meet in the main event at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y.

Rahman will be in search of his fourth win in five months during an ambitious comeback that ended an 0-3-1 skid since he knocked out Lennox Lewis to become undisputed heavyweight champion in April 2001.

The 6-foot-2 Navarre has been knocked out 10 times. He was knocked out in two and three rounds, respectively, in his past two bouts against Timo Hoffman and Audley Harrison. Navarre weighed nearly 273 pounds for his previous fight.

New opponent for Ali

Laila Ali will defend her International Women's Boxing Federation super middleweight crown against Monica Nunez (9-1, four KOs) of Irvington, N.J., on July 30 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky., on the undercard of Mike Tyson's heavyweight fight with Danny Williams.

Ali (17-0, 14 KOs), considered the world's best female fighter, initially had signed to challenge Gwendolyn O'Neal for her Women's International Boxing Association light heavyweight crown before O'Neal pulled out for undisclosed medical reasons.

On Saturday night at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, Ali stopped Nikki Eplion in the fourth round.

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