Hasim Rahman known for knocking out Lennox Lewis scored a 6th round KO of veteran Damon Reed (45-14-0, 32 KOs) of Topeka, Kansas in a heavyweight bout on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. Late in round five just before the bell Rahman backed Reed up against the ropes and buckled him. In round six Rahman finished the job with a combination of punches putting Reed on the canvas for the count. Rahman vs Reed headlined in the third installment of the ICB Knockout Series fight card promoted by International Championship Boxing, LLC.
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Hasim "The Rock" Rahman
Oleg Maskaev vs Hasim Rahman I
Oleg Maskaev hit Hasim Rahman with a right knocking him through the ropes onto the ringside table landing on the floor on Saturday, November 6, 1999 at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Rahman unable to make it back into the ring unassisted by the 20 count lost by 8th round KO.
Hasim Rahman's 5th round knock-out victory over Lennox Lewis on April 22, 2001 in Carnival City, South Africa was named the 2001 Ring Magazine Upset of the Year. Lewis was a 15-1 favorite entering the fight. Rahman left the fight with Lewis's heavyweight title.
Seven months later, on November 17, 2001 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Lewis recaptures the title beating Hasim Rahman by a 4th round KO. Lewis delivered a devastating left hook followed by a right cross to Rahman's jaw putting him flat on his back on the canvas.
On November 12, 2005 Hasim Rahman was scheduled for a WBC heavyweight title fight with Vitali Klitschko in Las Vegas but the title fight was called off as Vitali Klitschko announced his retirement on November 9, 2005 due to a knee injury. Klitschko's WBC heavyweight title was then awarded to Rahman. On March 18, 2006 Rahman drew with James Toney by PTS in a 12-round bout retaining the title.
Hasim Rahman lost to Oleg Maskaev for the second time on August 12, 2006 in a 12th round KO in Las Vegas during their WBC heavyweight championship bout. In the 5th round Rahman stopped jabbing and started fighting Mashaev's fight. The first time Rahman fought Mashaev he ended up being knocked out of the ring by Mashaev in the 8th round.
Hasim Rahman fought late sub Zuri Lawrence on October 16, 2007 in Reading, Pennsylvania successfully defending his lightly regarded NABF heavyweight title beating Lawrence by TKO in round 10 out of 10. Referee Gary Rosato stopped the bout at 2:20 of the 10th round with Lawrence getting a beating against the ropes. Lawrence had fallen through the ropes in the 6th and 9th rounds. In the 6th round Lawrence ended up on the floor but beat the 20 count getting back into the ring. The judges score cards revealed that through the 9th round the fight was a split decision with scores 86-84 for Lawrence, 86-84 and 88-82 for Rahman.
Since his loss to Mashaev, Hasim Rahman has beaten heavyweights Taurus Sykes, Dicky Ryan, Cerrone Fox and now Zuri Lawrence. Having fought all the great heavyweights and even knocked out Lennox Lewis, Rahman is known for delivering one of best left jabs in the heavyweight division. With his recent wins Rahman is positioned nearer to the top of the heavyweight division. His goal is to break the Russian monopoly of the heavyweight division and bring the world heavyweight championship back to America.
Rahman fought James Toney (70-6-3, 43 KOs) on Fox Sports, Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. The fight was ruled a 3rd round TKO win for Toney but Rahman appealed the decision. The California State Athletic Commission then changed it to a No Decision. There was an accidental clash of heads in round three that caused a cut over Rahman's left eye brow. At the end of round three while Rahman was on his stool he stated he could not continue because he could not see.
The cut in question was not an upper eye lid cut and not very large compared to other fight ending cuts. The ring doctor did not stop the bout due to the cut. It was Rahman who said he could not continue. The doctor only repeated what Rahman said to the referee. Toney had rocked Rahman badly late in round three. Rahman looking to avoid a career ending loss took the easy way out and the commission fell for it.
Hasim Rahman lost to IBF/IBO/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (52-3-0, 46 KOs) by 7th round TKO on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany. Rahman who replaced Alexander Povetkin who pulled out of the fight due to injury struggled against Klitschko's height advantage and was controlled by this long stiff jab. Landing only 30 punches Rahman was staggered in round five by a right hand, knocked down in round six by a couple of left hooks and stopped at 0:44 of round seven when a series of combinations had him defenseless up against the ropes.
Rahman beat Shannon Miller (16-5-0, 9 KOs) by 4th round TKO on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at the Conference Center Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, New York. Miller rocked Rahman in the first round with a big right but Rahman came back and floored Miller. In rounds two, three and four Miller saw the canvas again prompting his corner to ask the referee to stop the fight at 1:37 of round four. In his previous fight on March 26, 2010 Rahman beat Clinton Boldridge (9-16-1, 17 KOs) by 1st round TKO at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City, Missouri.