Rahman is No. 1 contender in WBO, might get title shot

If he beats Meehan, he'd take on Brewster for belt

Boxing

October 30, 2004

Former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, a Baltimore native, has been named the No. 1 contender to Lamon Brewster's World Boxing Organization crown and would get a title shot if he defeats Kali Meehan on Nov. 13 at New York's Madison Square Garden, Rahman's co-manager, Steve Nelson, said yesterday.

Rahman (39-5-1, 32 knockouts) goes after his fifth straight win against Meehan (29-2, 23 KOs), a 6-foot-5, 34-year-old from Australia who is coming off a 12-round loss to Brewster on Sept. 4.

Rahman, 31, is rated No. 1 by the World Boxing Association, No. 2 by the World Boxing Council and No. 5 by the International Boxing Federation, whose respective champs are John Ruiz, Vitali Klitschko and Chris Byrd.

Rahman-Meehan is part of a Don King-promoted heavyweight card that features Byrd's defense against Jameel McCline, Ruiz's defense against Andrew Golota, and former four-time world champion Evander Holyfield in a non-title bout against Larry Donald.- Lem Satterfield

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