Accomplished Prince to manage Rahman


February 24, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman of Baltimore has signed a management deal with James Prince, who has helped guide the careers of a number of high-profile fighters.

Among the boxers Prince manages are undisputed junior middleweight champion Winky Wright, lightweight champion Diego Corrales, former world champ Mark Johnson, of Washington, D.C., and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward.

Prince's past clients include former lightweight champ Floyd Mayweather and former light heavyweight and heavyweight champ Roy Jones, each of whom has been considered among the sport's best fighters, pound-for-pound.

In signing Rahman (40-5-1, 33 knockouts), Prince said he is adding a man considered by some as the most talented contender in the heavyweight division.

Prince helped guide Corrales to the biggest victory of his career over former champion Acelino Freitas of Brazil. Prince also managed Wright during consecutive wins over Shane Mosley, a former welterweight and junior middleweight champ who remains the only man who has twice beaten Oscar De La Hoya.

Prince has Wright in line for a May 14 fight with former champion Felix Trinidad.

"I've been eyeing Rahman from a distance for a while now. We've been talking about making a deal for a couple of months," said Prince, who signed his first heavyweight. "I believe he is the best heavyweight out there."

Rahman ended a relationship with Stan Hoffman, his former co-manager with Steve Nelson, before his November 2004 fight with Kali Meehan, which Rahman won on a fourth-round knockout. Rahman retained Nelson, who has been with Rahman since the start of his career and will remain in his camp.

Rahman and Nelson are working with promoter Don King on the details of fight between Rahman and World Boxing Council champion Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs) on April 30 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Klitschko adviser Shelly Finkel said he anticipates holding a March 7 news conference to announce the fight.

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