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September 20, 2005
Hasim Rahman says World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko did everything he could to avoid a title defense against him, possibly even faking a back injury. Klitschko says Rahman showed him disrespect by making such an accusation. Neither pulled many punches yesterday at a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., to formally announce that the long-awaited 12-round bout between the two will be held Nov. 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The fight was first scheduled for April 30 but was pushed back twice because of injuries to Klitschko before the champion's camp announced April 20 he had undergone surgery to remove a small spur from his spine, sidelining him through the summer.
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By LEM SATTERFIELD and LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER | November 10, 2005
Although Baltimore native Hasim Rahman turned 33 on Monday, he didn't receive perhaps his best birthday present until yesterday. The gift came wrapped in the form of Rahman's second World Boxing Council heavyweight title belt. But unlike in 2001, when he had to travel to South Africa and knock out Lennox Lewis for the right to be called undisputed heavyweight champion, Rahman received the news at about 6 a.m. while in his Las Vegas home. Former WBC champ Vitali Klitschko, citing the lengthy recovery from an operation to repair a knee injury early Tuesday morning, announced his retirement yesterday, relinquishing his crown to Rahman.
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By LEM SATTERFIELD and LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER | November 8, 2005
After he has his injured right knee examined and the medical report delivered to the World Boxing Council, Vitali Klitschko will have a maximum of 60 days to defend his heavyweight crown against Baltimore native Hasim Rahman or else be stripped of the title. Klitschko, 34, cited the injury, suffered while training on Thursday, for pulling out of Saturday's bout against Rahman, 33. WBC president Jose Sulaiman said yesterday that he asked Klitschko's promoter, Tom Loeffler, to have the fighter examined by a UCLA specialist, Dr. Gerald Finerman, by Saturday.
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By LEM SATTERFIELD and LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER | November 9, 2005
Hasim Rahman says he's done everything possible to earn a World Boxing Council heavyweight title shot at Vitali Klitschko. When the WBC ordered an elimination bout against Australia's Kali Meehan nearly a year ago, the Baltimore native earned his fourth knockout in five straight wins. When an injury forced Klitschko to postpone a scheduled third meeting with the Las Vegas resident, Rahman beat up Monte Barrett for the WBC's interim title. The Rahman-Barrett winner was to be declared the outright champ if Klitschko (35-2, 34 knockouts)
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By Michael Hirsley and Michael Hirsley,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 23, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Lennox Lewis was unable to dominate an opponent he had repeatedly dismissed as "breakfast," raising doubts about how long he can remain at the head of the heavyweight table. The 37-year-old titleholder even mentioned the possibility of retirement as he softly answered a question about what he had left to prove. He did not linger there, however, saying his next fight - even a possible rematch - would depend on how much money was at stake. After his struggle to beat challenger Vitali Klitschko in a brawl Saturday night, Lewis' detractors included Klitschko, who felt he had worn down the champion and demanded a rematch, and Chris Byrd, another heavyweight titleholder.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2005
Organization president Jose Sulaiman has declared that a July 23 heavyweight bout between top contender Hasim Rahman of Baltimore and No. 2 Monte Barrett of Queens, N.Y., is for the World Boxing Council's interim title. The winner will earn a shot at reigning WBC champion Vitali Klitschko this fall, Rahman said last night. "Klitschko would be champion until he fights the winner," Sulaiman told The Sun in an earlier report. Promoter Don King could pair Rahman-Barrett, slated for New York's Madison Square Garden, with a heavyweight unification bout between International Boxing Federation king Chris Byrd (38-2-1, 20 KOs)
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | December 25, 2004
World Boxing Council official Mauricio Sulaiman calls Vitali Klitschko-Hasim Rahman "the best heavyweight fight out there." HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg says, "It's not only a logical fight for HBO, but one of the most intriguing." But if WBC heavyweight champion Klitschko has his way, the 33-year-old title-holder will make a second defense - this one in Germany in March - of the crown vacated by Lennox Lewis before taking on Rahman (40-5-1, 33 knockouts) during the mandated month of June.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2005
WASHINGTON - Mike Tyson's non-title fight with Kevin McBride on Saturday at MCI Center is the first in a three-bout deal that targets World Boxing Council champion Vitali Klitschko, said Darryl A. Stuckey, one of the investors who facilitated the bout. "We signed at least a three-fight deal trying to help Mike Tyson get back on the road to the heavyweight championship," said Stuckey, whose real estate company provided financial support to promoter Marty Wynn, as did former Riddick Bowe manager Rock Newman and PMG Management, whose president is the Orlando Magic's Steve Francis.
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By LEM SATTERFIELD and LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER | November 10, 2005
Although Baltimore native Hasim Rahman turned 33 on Monday, he didn't receive perhaps his best birthday present until yesterday. The gift came wrapped in the form of Rahman's second World Boxing Council heavyweight title belt. But unlike in 2001, when he had to travel to South Africa and knock out Lennox Lewis for the right to be called undisputed heavyweight champion, Rahman received the news at about 6 a.m. while in his Las Vegas home. Former WBC champ Vitali Klitschko, citing the lengthy recovery from an operation to repair a knee injury early Tuesday morning, announced his retirement yesterday, relinquishing his crown to Rahman.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2005
"Rock, it's official," promoter Don King told former heavyweight champion and Baltimore native Hasim Rahman late Wednesday night. "You're fighting for the WBC title." Not exactly. Rahman must first beat former stablemate Monte Barrett on July 23 to earn the World Boxing Council's interim crown and a shot on Sept. 24 at reigning WBC champion Vitali Klitschko "if Vitali's health permits," King said. Klitschko had six months from his Dec. 11 knockout of England's Danny Williams to face Rahman, the top contender and mandatory challenger to Klitschko's crown.
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By LEM SATTERFIELD and LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER | November 8, 2005
After he has his injured right knee examined and the medical report delivered to the World Boxing Council, Vitali Klitschko will have a maximum of 60 days to defend his heavyweight crown against Baltimore native Hasim Rahman or else be stripped of the title. Klitschko, 34, cited the injury, suffered while training on Thursday, for pulling out of Saturday's bout against Rahman, 33. WBC president Jose Sulaiman said yesterday that he asked Klitschko's promoter, Tom Loeffler, to have the fighter examined by a UCLA specialist, Dr. Gerald Finerman, by Saturday.
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By CHILDS WALKER | November 8, 2005
No sport pulls its fans to and fro quite like boxing. We learned that again Saturday, when putative heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko postponed his title fight with Baltimore's Hasim Rahman for the fourth - yes, fourth - time. Rahman seems convinced that Klitschko, the closest the division has to a king of the mountain, is ducking him. Maybe, maybe not. Reports out of Las Vegas suggest that Klitschko hurt his knee, but maybe not so badly that he couldn't fight. Perhaps the giant Ukrainian's good sense tells him that at less than his best, he shouldn't take on a big, athletic challenger with power in both fists.
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By LEM SATTERFIELD and LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER | November 7, 2005
Vitali Klitschko will undergo arthroscopic surgery this week to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, then will have 90 days to reschedule his World Boxing Council heavyweight title fight against Hasim Rahman. Klitschko said he suffered the knee injury while sparring Thursday in Los Angeles, then called off Saturday's scheduled bout in Las Vegas with Rahman - the fourth time the Ukrainian has pulled out of a match against Rahman, a Baltimore native. Klitschko's previous injuries - to his fists, thigh and back - forced the postponements of scheduled bouts against Rahman on April 30, June 18 and July 23. Klitschko (35-2, 34 knockouts)
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By LEM SATTERFIELD and LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER | November 6, 2005
A sprained right knee, suffered during a sparring session Thursday night, has forced World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko to pull out of yet a fourth scheduled defense against former champion and Baltimore native Hasim Rahman, promoter Bob Arum said yesterday. Klitschko (35-2, 34 knockouts), who has not fought since December of last year, twisted the knee during the sparring session in Los Angeles, but was deemed fit to fight yesterday after a one-hour examination by orthopoedic surgeon Tony Daly of the Los Angeles Sports Medicine Clinic.
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By LEM SATTERFIELD and LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER | October 25, 2005
Veteran Jay Nady was selected yesterday to referee the Nov. 12 World Boxing Council heavyweight fight between champion Vitali Klitschko and Baltimore native Hasim Rahman in Las Vegas. "Jay's one of the world's elite officials. We try to match referees with particular fights, and this fight is perfect for him," Nevada State Athletic Commission director Marc Ratner said of Nady, 6 feet 5, 250 pounds, who worked the Jermaine Taylor-Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver-Roy Jones II, Winky Wright-Felix Trinidad, Lennox Lewis-Hasim Rahman II and Kostya Tszyu-Zab Judah title bouts.
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September 20, 2005
Hasim Rahman says World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko did everything he could to avoid a title defense against him, possibly even faking a back injury. Klitschko says Rahman showed him disrespect by making such an accusation. Neither pulled many punches yesterday at a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., to formally announce that the long-awaited 12-round bout between the two will be held Nov. 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The fight was first scheduled for April 30 but was pushed back twice because of injuries to Klitschko before the champion's camp announced April 20 he had undergone surgery to remove a small spur from his spine, sidelining him through the summer.
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By LEM SATTERFIELD and LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER | November 6, 2005
A sprained right knee, suffered during a sparring session Thursday night, has forced World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko to pull out of yet a fourth scheduled defense against former champion and Baltimore native Hasim Rahman, promoter Bob Arum said yesterday. Klitschko (35-2, 34 knockouts), who has not fought since December of last year, twisted the knee during the sparring session in Los Angeles, but he was deemed fit to fight yesterday after a one-hour examination by orthopedic surgeon Tony Daly of the Los Angeles Sports Medicine Clinic.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | March 9, 2005
Hasim Rahman said yesterday he has agreed to terms for a chance to become a two-time heavyweight champion in a bout against World Boxing Council heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko on April 30 at New York's Madison Square Garden. But Rahman, who reportedly was paid $12 million over a seven-month span in 2001 for winning, then losing, the title of "undisputed heavyweight champ" to Lennox Lewis, said he is angry that promoter Don King "is not paying me what I'm worth." "Don told me that there was going to be plenty of money on the table for this fight, and that I was going to be the highest-paid challenger ever to fight for a world title -- but I'm not," said Rahman, who pocketed no more than $25,000 for each of the first four fights of his present five-bout winning streak, including four straight knockouts.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | August 18, 2005
Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions, a surprise, late entry into the negotiations, out-bid archrival Don King yesterday for the right to stage the World Boxing Council heavyweight title bout between champion Vitali Klitschko and Baltimore native Hasim Rahman. The fight will be held in Las Vegas, "probably in November," Arum said. Top Rank president Todd duBoef acted on behalf of Arum, who is vacationing in Paris. DuBoef bid $12.1 million to King's $11 million. Klitschko's company, K2, bid $10.7 million, compared to $6.7 million for little-known Bob Hitz, duBoef said.
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