Rahman puts more than his title on line

Lucrative fights hinge on successful defense

Rahman vs. Maskaev

Boxing

August 12, 2006|By LEM SATTERFIELD | LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER

LAS VEGAS -- Weighing in at a ripped 235 pounds Thursday, Hasim Rahman was told he looked like a bodybuilder heading into tonight's heavyweight title bout against Oleg Maskaev.

"No, what I look like is what a heavyweight champ should look like," said Rahman, the Baltimore native who holds the World Boxing Council crown. "A bodybuilder is going to wish he could do what I'm going to do on Saturday night."

Rahman needs a solid performance to maintain his hopes of a showdown with International Boxing Federation champ Wladimir Klitschko, if not to silence critics of what has been an up-and-down career.

WBC heavyweight title fight

Hasim Rahman (41-5-2, 33 KOs) vs. Oleg Maskaev (32-5, 25 KOs), tonight, approximately 11, Las Vegas

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