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, who will televise the pay-per-view show on KingVision, 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 eit her James Toney, Fres Oquendo or Lance Whitaker.

Also featured in separate heavyweight title bouts 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 World Boxing Organization super flyweight champion Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson of Washington against International Boxing Federation 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 is 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. If Don says that's who I'm fighting, and I want to fight one of them, then all it comes down to is dollars and cents."

According to the release, either Rahman or Toney will face the winner of the Sept. 4 fight between World Boxing Organization champion Lamon Brewster and Kali Meehan. Toney is scheduled to fight unbeaten Rydell Booker on Sept. 23 in Temecula, Calif.

Rahman and co-managers Steve Nelson and Stan Hoffman said they like a matchup with Toney, who was named Fighter of The Year after his recent wins over Holyfield and Vassiliy Jirov.

"James Toney's considered probably the best, so I'd like to take him on," said Rahman, who had been pursuing a rematch with Ruiz before Ruiz signed to fight Golota.

"I know that James Toney wants to fight, and I want to fight."

Rahman, a Fallston resident whose win streak has included three consecutive second-round knockouts, is coming off last Wednesday's effort at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y., where he scored a second-round knockout of Terrence Lewis, a former sparring partner for Ruiz and Lennox Lewis.

At last night's event at Michael's, Baltimore middleweight Ishmail Arvin (11-0-1, six KOs) earned a unanimous eightround decision over Elco Garcia (15-3, five KOs) of Durango, Colo., ending Garcia's 12-bout winning streak.

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