Holyfield, Toney possible foes for Rahman in Nov. 13 bout


August 04, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Baltimore heavyweight Hasim Rahman could fight for the fifth time this year in a Nov. 13 bout that will be on the undercard of three title fights -- including two heavyweight championships and a unification bout at super flyweight.

According to a release from promoter Don King, the matchup for Rahman (39-5-1, 32 knockouts) could be a rematch of a 2002 loss to four-time champion Evander Holyfield, or a bout against either James Toney, Fres Oquendo or Lance Whitaker.

Rahman could also face the winner of the Sept. 4 fight between World Boxing Organization champion Lamon Brewster and Kali Meehan, though Toney is also a possibility for that matchup.

Featured in separate heavyweight title bouts Nov. 13 will be World Boxing Association champion John Ruiz's defense against Andrew Golota, and International Boxing Federation titlist Chris Byrd's defense against Jameel McCline -- all at a site to be determined.

The release also listed WBO super flyweight champion Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson of Washington against IBF super flyweight titlist Luis Perez, but Johnson said that fight is all but set to take place on Oct. 2 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

"My team is shooting for Oct. 2. Maybe Don King is shooting for November," said Johnson, who attended last night's ESPN2-televised show at Glen Burnie's Michael's Eighth Avenue. "It's done. All we have to do is sign it."

For Rahman, the 10-round bout would be a chance for him to extend the four-match winning streak he's built in the past five months.

"Don King called me [Monday] and said he wanted me to fight on Nov. 13. It's all music to my ears," said Rahman last night. "I'll knock off whichever one he picks me to fight."

Rahman and co-managers Steve Nelson and Stan Hoffman said they like a matchup with Toney, who owns recent wins over Holyfield and Vassiliy Jirov.

"James Toney is a [million-dollar] fight," said Rahman, who had been pursuing a rematch with Ruiz before Ruiz signed to fight Golota.

In last night's main event at Michael's, George Khalid Jones (19-2-1, 13 knockouts) of Paterson, N.J., fought to a 10-round draw against Silver Spring's Darnell Wilson (16-1-3, 14 KOs), keeping Wilson's 16-bout unbeaten streak alive.

Referee Don Risher had it for Jones, 96-94, while Kenny Chevalier scored it 96-95 for Wilson. John Gradowski scored it 95-95.

Jones was hurt in the eighth round, but had Wilson badly cut over the left eye and bleeding from the nose.

"I want him in 45 days, up in New Jersey. I don't want a title shot, I want him," said Jones, who was fighting for the first time in 10 months. "I out-boxed him. I won the fight. He knows it."

Baltimore middleweight Ishmail Arvin (11-0-1, six KOs) earned a unanimous eight-round decision over Elco Garcia (15-3, five KOs) of Durango, Colo., and junior middleweight Maxell Taylor (8-1, two KOs) of Edgewood won his fifth straight fight by four-round unanimous decision over Delaware's Clarence "Sonny Bono" Taylor (7-3-2, three KOs).

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