September 29th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez

Povetkin-Michelin Tire Man (Rahman)


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.


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!


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.


Doesn't Even Look Like Rahman

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.


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.


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!

Pedro Fernandez


  1. Povetkin is nothing. This was a disgrace. He had and then pulled out of a fight with Wlad awhile ago. ‘Fights’ like this will not prepare him for a Klitschko. If he is over 30 and not ready yet, when will he be? He has no balls and neither does Atlas. But I agree that HW boxing is huge in Europe and fights like this do very well.

    bankerchad on September 30th, 2012 at 12:41 AM
  2. He also got thrashed by an already shot to bits Evander Holyfield in 2002. Commander Vander dropped the next three after his fight with ‘Rock’ but I think his worse loss was to John Ruiz in 2003. Showed he was actually a one dimensional fighter. Still he was the baddest man on the planet, even if only for a fleeting moment. I suppose no one can take that away from him.

    Tilly on September 30th, 2012 at 4:42 AM
  3. Rahman looked like he just wanted a paycheck. What sucks is when someone talks smack the way he does claiming that he might “kill” Povetkin if he lands the right hand. Yeah okay rock, James Toney rocked your ass as you quit when things didn’t go your way. As far as Teddy Atlas is concerned he’s nothing but a tantrum throwing drama queen always questioning fighters’ hearts, Teddy grow some balls! You are lucky that when you shoved and tried provoking Gearge Foreman that he didn’t turn around and crack your ass I am pretty damn sure that that you would have sued him for everything he’s got! I’d bet my life on it! Yea a real tough guy

    Boxdudebox on September 30th, 2012 at 10:27 AM
  4. Atlas isn’t his trainer anymore, and obviously he can’t beat Klitschko. He is overrated, not in the best of condition and couldn’t beat Huck. His title is bogus and days are numbered.

    KP on September 30th, 2012 at 10:41 AM
  5. These types of fights are a strategy by handlers of shot former champs. As the guy above said, Toney showed us Rahman’s punch resistance is GONE, but Rahman still had a name and a big right hand. Rahman probably has injuries that limit how much running and training he can do, but his team knows that all a guy has to do to get a title shot is win 4 or 5 fights against bums. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rahman in an eliminator with Ray Austin by this time next year.

    Gabe on October 1st, 2012 at 8:14 PM
  6. Dan Goosen tried like hell to get 44 (or so) year old Tim Witherspoon a shot, despite Tim showing up at 250 pounds for his bum tour.

    Gabe on October 1st, 2012 at 8:16 PM
  7. Pedro in case you are interested Rock is friends with Sean Gibbons and for a period was training at top rank gym and fighting on their cards so nothing would surprise me. always remember tapes do not lie

    the big man himself

    the big man himself on October 7th, 2012 at 7:49 PM

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