Rahman takes the 5th, set to fight T. Lewis next

Philadelphia journeyman is latest substitute foe

Boxing

July 25, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Baltimore native Hasim Rahman will go after his fourth win in five months and his third straight knockout Wednesday night in Rochester, N.Y., against journeyman Terrence Lewis, who is the fifth fighter to be considered as Rahman's opponent for the card at Frontier Field.

Co-manager Steve Nelson and matchmaker Jim Borzell announced the new opponent last night.

Lewis (31-14-1, 21 knockouts) was originally scheduled to fight Rahman (38-5-1, 31 KOs) in April before pulling out. Mario Cawley replaced Lewis and was knocked out in two rounds.

A hard-punching, 31-year-old from Philadelphia, Lewis was scheduled to face Michael Grant on July 29 before their fight card folded.

Rahman, 31, is the No. 1-ranked heavyweight by the World Boxing Association, No. 3 by the World Boxing Organization, No. 4 by the World Boxing Council and No. 5 by the International Boxing Federation, whose respective champs are John Ruiz, Lamon Brewster, Vitali Klitschko and Chris Byrd.

"The problem is that not a whole lot of guys want to fight [Rahman,]" Borzell said. "That's the whole shooting match."

First, left-handed Englishman Wayne Llewelyn, 34, came down with a viral infection earlier this week and pulled out of the bout.

Llewelyn's replacement, 36-year-old journeyman Quinn Navarre, had been knocked out in 10 of his 12 losses. And, "based upon each boxer's history," Navarre was denied an opportunity. He was viewed by New York State Athletic Commission chairman Ron Scott Stevens as nothing more than a mismatch.

A new opponent, Friday "The 13th" Ahunanya (20-2-1, 11 KOs), was named and approved by Stevens on Thursday. But Ahunanya announced on Friday he also would not face Rahman after a Las Vegas doctor expressed concern over Ahunanya's eyesight during a pre-fight medical exam.

Rahman's former sparring partner Cisse Salif (14-3, nine KOs) also was considered before Borzell installed Lewis, who was knocked out in six rounds by Andrew Golota in his last fight in November, and who had a draw with Ahunanya in February 2003.

Last night

Junior welterweights: In a convincing first title defense, WBC junior welterweight champion Arturo Gatti (38-6) scored a second-round knockout of Leonard Dorin (21-1-1) in Atlantic City, N.J.

Gatti, 32, unleashed a left-right-left combination to the head of Dorin, the WBC's top-ranked 140-pound challenger, then delivered a crushing left hook to the body that nearly lifted Dorin off his feet. Dorin fell to his right knee, then to both as referee Randy Neumann stepped in and counted him out at 2:55 of the round.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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