WBA TITLE FIGHT ALEXANDER POVETKIN-HASIM RAHMAN ALL BUT FIXED!
Sport Halle, Hamburg, Germany– Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 18 KOS) TKO 2 Hasim Rahman (50-7-2) (WBA, cough, “regular” heavyweight title) It has been 11 years since Rahman toppled an “out of shape” Lennox Lewis for “the” heavyweight title. I remember in “after title winning” negotiations, Rahman took $500,000 cash from promoter Don King rather than a check from HBO in the range of $22-$24 million. Imagine the yarn King must have sewn that night to get Hasim to sign up in what was King’s last real big coup as I think he grabbed Rahman from adviser “Huffin’ Stan Hoffman and promoter Cedric Kushner.
GOT KNOCKED OUT OF THE RING!
He was never a great heavyweight, upset of Lewis aside he is more famous for getting knocked clean out of rings by both David Tua and Oleg Maskaev. It certainly didn’t enhance his public persona when two dead bodies were found, a male and a female dead in his trunk in 2002. And while I have to steal this one line, I’m compelled to say that if Rahman were driving that would make it three stiffs in the car!
HASIM RAHMAN NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH RAHMAN ALI
Rahman, a KO 5 April 2001 winner over Lewis was drilled in a November rematch in less than four frames. He was done, Rahman Ali (look it up) is probably in better shape than the 39-year old Hasim Rahman (50-8-2, 41 KOs). Povetkin, who gets no play here as doing what he did was nothing worthy of putting in a real scrap book as a near 254 lb. Rahman looked pathetic. Good thing is Povetkin took a “schmere” out quickly and did not fight “down” to the level of his competition.
NO NEED FOR “DIVES” OR “FIXED” FIGHTS!Official time was 1:46 round two as Povetkin was playing “tee” ball with Rahman’s head. You don’t have to get a fighter to take a “dive” or “bribe judges” as indicated here. All you have to do is bring in some clown with a name, a past, no future, and a sanctioning body #1 ranking and then the champ spits him out like soured milk.
EUROPEAN HEAVYWEIGHTS MAKING NOISE HEARD GLOBALLY!
Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KOs) TKO 11 Alexander Ustinov (27-1. 21 KOs) Once the European heavyweight title carried a bit more weight than it does now. But champion Kubrat looks to be garnering attention when he stopped previously unbeaten 6’8 (305 lbs) Ustinov forcing the giant to take a resigning knee at 1:28 round 11. Getting hit at will forced Ustinov to say “Enough.” Povetkin might get pummeled by Deontay Wilder (25-0, 25 KOS) . Forget fellow American (who has connections in Al Hayman) Seth Mitchell, he thinks too much, Wilder, a 2008 Bronze Olympian looks like the real American hope and is trained by 1984 Olympic champ Mark Breland.
WHAT DO WINS LIKE THIS DO? MAKE MONEY!
If you’re wondering what winning a fight like this does is it makes money. Television in Poland was off the hook, as it was throughout the European continent. But Povetkin doesn’t look like he’s all that much. If I had to break him down as a fighter I wouldn’t know what great attributes I could give him. Nice amateur background, but as a professional, Alexander’s diet has been meatless!