|Real name||Hasim Shariff Rahman|
|Height||6 ft 2 1⁄2 in (1.89 m)|
|Reach||82 in (208 cm)|
November 7, 1972 |
Baltimore, Maryland, US
|Wins by KO||40|
Hasim Sharif Rahman (born November 7, 1972) is an American professional boxer. Rahman is a former two time heavyweight world champion capturing the unified Lineal, WBC, IBO, & IBF titles in 2001 with a shock defeat of Lennox Lewis by KO in the fifth round, however he subsequently lost them back to Lewis in the rematch, which was Rahman's first title defense and then capturing the WBC "Interim" title before being promoted to full WBC champion in 2005. He also captured the WBU heavyweight title from future WBO heavyweight world champion Corrie Sanders in 2000. Rahman has the distinction of being one of only two men to have beaten Lennox Lewis; the other being Oliver McCall in September 1994.
Nicknamed "The Rock", Rahman began his professional career on December 3, 1994, at age 22.
- 1 Professional career
- 1.1 1994–1997: Prospect
- 1.2 1998–2000: Contention
- 1.3 2001: First world title and Lewis rivalry
- 1.4 2002–2004: Comeback
- 1.5 2005: Second world title and Klitschko cancellation
- 1.6 2006: Toney and Maskaev title fights
- 1.7 2007: Second comeback
- 1.8 2008: Toney II and Klitschko title shot
- 1.9 2009–2011: Layoff and third comeback
- 1.10 2012: Title shot vs. Povetkin
- 1.11 2014: Super 8 Tournament
- 1.12 2015: Return to the ring
- 2 Professional boxing record
- 3 Career
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Rahman got a relatively late start in the sport. He was an enforcer for drug dealers, and was known for surviving several shootings. He nearly died in a car accident (which left him with permanent scarring on his cheek and ear) and once survived a shooting where five bullets entered his body. He took up boxing at age 20 and had just 10 amateur bouts before making his pro debut on December 3, 1994, at age 22. He is a devout Muslim.
Despite his inexperience, Rahman had obvious natural boxing skills that propelled him to 11 knockout wins in his first 12 fights. Then he took a step up in class in March 1996 with a 10-round decision win over veteran Ross Puritty and seven months later, he repeated the feat against former world champion Trevor Berbick.
In July 1997, he won the regional USBA heavyweight title, and four months later, he added another regional belt, the IBF Intercontinental heavyweight title. Defending the USBA title three times and the Intercontinental belt twice. By the fall of 1998, he was ranked as one of the top five heavyweights in the world.
On December 19, 1998, Rahman faced fellow contender David Tua in a fight to determine the IBF's mandatory contender. Rahman was using his power jab well, out boxing Tua virtually every round. At the end of the 9th round Tua staggered Rahman with a devastating punch that dazed him. At the beginning of the next round Tua pounced on him immediately and the referee jumped in when Rahman was bobbing and weaving. Tua won by TKO. It was argued that it should have been a DQ.
Because of the controversial nature of the loss, Rahman's ranking did not suffer, but in November 1999, he was knocked out by Oleg Maskaev in the eighth round of a fight he looked to be winning. At one point during the match, Rahman was knocked through the ropes onto the floor, hitting his head on the floor. Hasim dropped out of the The Ring top 10 as a result of the surprise loss. Rahman later said that he had seen Maskaev earlier in his career get knocked out in the first round by former champion Oliver McCall and he assumed he was brought in as an easy win. Because of this, he did not train as hard as he should have and was beaten.
2001: First world title and Lewis rivalry
Rahman came back with three wins, including one in May 2000 over Corrie Sanders in a war in which he was dropped twice and came back to win in 7, and after that he was moved back up in the rankings. Finally, on April 22, 2001, Rahman earned a shot at Lennox Lewis the WBC, IBO and IBF heavyweight champion with a win over Frankie Swindell. Rahman beat Swindell via 7th-round RTD.
In the fight, held at Brakpan, South Africa, Lewis and Rahman traded hard blows for five rounds before Rahman, a 20-to-1 underdog, stunned the crowd by defeating Lewis via 5th-round KO. It was only the second loss of Lewis' career. His first was on September 24, 1994, when Oliver McCall defeated him via 2nd-round TKO.
Lewis had an immediate-rematch clause in the contract for his defense against Hasim, and chose to invoke it. Rahman and his new promoter, Don King, made plans to defend the titles against David Izon, rather than giving Lewis his rematch. Lewis sued Rahman in U.S. federal court to enforce their contract. The judge, Neil McCluskey sided with Lewis and on November 17, 2001, in Las Vegas, the two men met again. This time, Lewis knocked Rahman out in the fourth round.
Rahman's comeback fight ended in disappointment, he was beaten by a technical decision by aging former champion Evander Holyfield after headbutts from Holyfield caused a massive swelling (severe hematoma) on Rahman's forehead. On March 29, 2003, Rahman faced Tua for a second time. The fight was ruled a draw after one judge scored it for Rahman, a second for Tua and a third had the score even. Rahman came in at the heaviest weight of his career. In June, Rahman was elevated to the No. 1 contender's position by the WBC. On December 13, Rahman was matched with former WBA world champion John Ruiz, in a match for an Interim WBA heavyweight title (caused by Roy Jones, Jr. deciding whether he wanted to stay a heavyweight or return to Light Heavyweight). Rahman was favored, but he lost by (twelve round) unanimous decision and again was out of condition.
After this defeat, Rahman stepped back to a lower level of competition and defeated four journeyman fighters while working to get back into shape. His efforts paid off when he was rewarded with a fight against Kali Meehan on November 13, 2004. The fight was an elimination bout for the IBF, WBA, and WBC, with the winner being the number-one contender in more than one world-title organization. Rahman scored the victory by a fourth-round knockout at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
2005: Second world title and Klitschko cancellation
The WBC designated Rahman as Vitali Klitschko's next mandatory challenger; the fight was set for April 30, 2005. Klitschko injured his thigh while training for the fight, so it was rescheduled for June 18. As this date approached, Klitschko's camp said that the thigh had not fully healed; the WBC made July 23 the new fight date. Soon after this second postponement, Vitali's doctors reportedly discovered back injuries that they said demanded minor-yet-immediate corrective surgery. The WBC pushed Rahman's title shot back again, this time to November 12; Rahman's share of the purse following this match would reportedly be around US$4.2 million.
After this third rescheduling, Rahman, fought for a WBC "Interim" heavyweight championship and defeated Monte Barrett on August 13, 2005, via unanimous decision.
At this point, Klitschko would be stripped of his WBC title if his first fight back was not against Rahman. On November 7, it was announced that Klitschko had suffered severe right knee injuries during training; the WBC said it would strip him of the championship if he was unable to box within 60–90 days of a soon-to-be-announced base date. However, on November 9, Vitali Klitschko retired instead. On November 10, 2005, the WBC voted to award its heavyweight championship to Rahman, making Rahman a two-time heavyweight champion.
2006: Toney and Maskaev title fights
On March 18, 2006, Rahman fought James Toney to a draw, in a 12-round fight in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and he retained the WBC heavyweight title. On August 12, 2006, Rahman lost the WBC heavyweight championship to rival Oleg Maskaev by 12th Round TKO in a mandatory defense of his title. Afterwards he said he should have followed his trainer's game plan.
2007: Second comeback
After a long layoff, Rahman resumed his career with a ten-round unanimous decision over Taurus Sykes June 14, 2007, at The Main Street Armory in Rochester, New York. Rahman then fought three times in three months defeating Dicky Ryan by second round TKO on September 7, 2007. Hasim followed up by stopping Cerrone Fox on October 18, 2007. On November 15, 2007, Rahman then scored a 10th round TKO for the NABF title against Zuri Lawrence.
2008: Toney II and Klitschko title shot
On July 16, 2008, Rahman was stopped by an accidental headbutt against James Toney. Toney was originally awarded a TKO victory as the referee declared Rahman had quit between rounds, nonetheless, the TKO victory was overturned and changed to a No Contest due to the headbutt.
Rahman lost to Wladimir Klitschko (TKO in the 7th round) on December 13, 2008, for his WBO, IBO & IBF titles in a fight some believe showed himself to be past his best. Klitschko dominated the fight, winning every round while making good use of his left jab. Rahman seemed unable to withstand the Ukrainian's punch power. The referee called a stop to the contest in the 7th round after Rahman failed to respond to a series of shots.
2009–2011: Layoff and third comeback
Fifteen months after the seventh round loss to Wladimir Klitschko in December 2008, Rahman made a comeback against 43-year-old journeyman Clinton Boldridge winning the fight via TKO 1. The former world champion next fought on June 19, 2010, against journeyman Shannon Miller (16–4, 9 KO) in a match that took in the Niagara Falls Conference Centre, Niagara Falls, New York, United States. Rahman came into the ring at 260 pounds and won the bout by TKO in the 4th round, after sending Miller down in each of the four rounds. He then won his next three fights (all by knockout), against Damon Reed, Marcus McGee and Galen Brown. His win over Galen Brown marked Rahmans 50th professional win in his career. He is now 5-1 (all wins via knock out) since his loss to Wladimir Klitschko.
2012: Title shot vs. Povetkin
Povetkin beat Rahman via 2nd-round TKO.
2014: Super 8 Tournament
In yet another attempt to re-enter the heavyweight scene Rahman signed up for the super 8 tournament, an elimination-style event staged in Auckland, New Zealand. But despite holding the tag as tournament favorite the ageing Rahman was outpointed by little-known club fighter Anthony Nansen in the quarter-final on the 4th June 2014.
2015: Return to the ring
Rahman is scheduled to return to the ring on December 12, 2015 at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance.
Professional boxing record
|50 Wins (41 knockouts), 9 Losses (6 knockouts), 2 Draws, 1 No Contest|
|Anthony Nansen||UD||3||04/06/2014||The Trusts Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand||'Super 8' Tournament Heavyweight Quarter-Final.|
|Alexander Povetkin||TKO||2 (12), 1:46||29/09/2012||Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg||For WBA (Regular) Heavyweight title.|
|Galen Brown||TKO||6 (10)||11/06/2011||DeSoto Civic Center, Southaven, Mississippi|
|Marcus McGee||KO||1 (8)||02/10/2010||Arena Roberto Durán, Panama City|
|Damon Reed||KO||6 (10), 2:20||14/08/2010||Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia|
|Shannon Miller||TKO||4 (10), 1:37||19/06/2010||Conference Centre, Niagara Falls, New York|
|Clinton Boldridge||TKO||1 (10), 2:50||26/03/2010||Beaumont Club, Kansas City, Missouri|
|Wladimir Klitschko||TKO||7 (12), 0:44||13/12/2008||SAP-Arena, Mannheim||For IBF, WBO & IBO Heavyweight titles.|
|James Toney||NC||3 (12), 3:00||16/07/2008||Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California||NC due to an accidental headbutt in the 3rd Round.|
|Win||45-6-2||Zuri Lawrence||TKO||10 (10), 2:20||15/11/2007||Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania||Retained NABF Heavyweight title.|
|Win||44-6-2||Cerrone Fox||TKO||1 (10), 2:20||18/10/2007||Kewadin Casino, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan|
|Win||43-6-2||Dicky Ryan||TKO||2 (10), 0:41||07/09/2007||Soaring Eagle Casino, Mount Pleasant, Michigan|
|Win||42-6-2||Taurus Sykes||UD||10||14/06/2007||Main Street Armory, Rochester, New York||Won NABF Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||41-6-2||Oleg Maskaev||TKO||12 (12), 2:17||12/08/2006||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBC Heavyweight title.|
|Draw||41-5-2||James Toney||MD||12||18/03/2006||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Retained WBC Heavyweight title.|
|Win||41-5-1||Monte Barrett||UD||12||13/08/2005||United Center, Chicago||Won interim WBC Heavyweight title.|
|Win||40-5-1||Kali Meehan||TKO||4 (12)||13/11/2004||Madison Square Garden, New York City||WBC, WBA & IBF Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||39-5-1||Terrence Lewis||KO||2 (10), 0:43||28/07/2004||Frontier Field, Rochester, New York|
|Win||38-5-1||Rob Calloway||KO||2 (10), 2:00||17/06/2004||Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland|
|Win||37-5-1||Mario Cawley||TKO||2 (8), 2:25||16/04/2004||Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Dover, Delaware|
|Win||36-5-1||Alfred Cole||UD||10||11/03/2004||Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland|
|Loss||35-5-1||John Ruiz||UD||12||13/12/2003||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||For interim WBA World Heavyweight title.|
|Draw||35-4-1||David Tua||SD||12||29/03/2003||Spectrum, Philadelphia||IBF Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Loss||35-4||Evander Holyfield||TD||8 (12)||01/06/2002||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Loss||35-3||Lennox Lewis||KO||4 (12), 1:29||17/11/2001||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBC, IBF, IBO & Lineal Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||35-2||Lennox Lewis||KO||5 (12), 2:32||22/04/2001||Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng||Won WBC, IBF, IBO & Lineal Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||34-2||Frankie Swindell||RTD||7 (10), 3:00||04/08/2000||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas|
|Win||33-2||Corrie Sanders||TKO||7 (12), 1:50||20/05/2000||Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||32-2||Marion Wilson||UD||10||01/03/2000||Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland|
|Loss||31-2||Oleg Maskaev||KO||8 (10), 0:40||06/11/1999||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||31-1||Arthur Weathers||KO||1 (10), 1:44||15/04/1999||Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida|
|Win||30-1||Michael Rush||TKO||5 (10)||12/03/1999||Roseland Ballroom, New York City|
|Loss||29-1||David Tua||TKO||10 (12), 2:25||19/12/1998||Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami|
|Win||29-0||Garing Lane||TKO||2 (10)||09/07/1998||Grand Casino Avoyelles, Marksville, Louisiana|
|Win||28-0||Steve Pannell||KO||2 (12), 1:48||21/04/1998||Players Island Casino, Lake Charles, Louisiana|
|Win||27-0||Melvin Foster||TKO||2 (10)||14/03/1998||Olympisky Sport Hall, Moscow|
|Win||26-0||Jesse Ferguson||UD||12||31/01/1998||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||25-0||Tui Toia||KO||2 (10)||04/12/1997||Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York|
|Win||24-0||Obed Sullivan||MD||12||01/11/1997||Apollo Theater, New York City|
|Win||23-0||Jeff Wooden||KO||9 (12)||15/07/1997||Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York|
|Win||22-0||Marshall Tillman||KO||1||09/01/1997||Beverly Hills, Los Angeles|
|Win||21-0||Herman Delgado||KO||2 (8), 1:37||17/12/1996||National Guard Armory, Pikesville, Maryland|
|Win||20-0||Marcos González||KO||1||03/12/1996||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England|
|Win||19-0||Brian Sargent||TKO||1||08/11/1996||Arizona Charlie's, Las Vegas|
|Win||18-0||Trevor Berbick||UD||10||15/10/1996||Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||17-0||Mark Young||TKO||3||08/08/1996||Lake Charles, Louisiana|
|Win||16-0||Martin Foster||KO||2 (10), 0:57||09/06/1996||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania|
|Win||15-0||Tim Knight||KO||4 (8), 2:43||04/06/1996||Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland|
|Win||14-0||Steve Edwards||KO||2 (6), 2:34||03/05/1996||MARK of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois|
|Win||13-0||Ross Puritty||UD||10||26/03/1996||Rochester, New York|
|Win||12-0||Mike Mitchell||KO||1 (8)||09/03/1996||Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||11-0||Bradley Rone||TKO||1 (6), 2:27||09/02/1996||Tropworld Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||10-0||Mike Robinson||KO||1||13/12/1995||Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey|
|Win||9-0||James Johnson||TKO||3||10/10/1995||Rochester, New York|
|Win||8-0||Matt Green||TKO||2||12/09/1995||Woodlawn, Baltimore|
|Win||7-0||Carl McGrew||TKO||1||26/08/1995||Bismarck Hotel, Chicago|
|Win||6-0||Larry Davis||TKO||2||13/07/1995||Greenbelt, Maryland|
|Win||5-0||Eric Valentine||KO||1||06/06/1995||Woodlawn, Baltimore|
|Win||4-0||Jeff Williams||MD||4||28/03/1995||Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi|
|Win||3-0||Dennis Cain||TKO||2 (4)||11/01/1995||Woodlawn, Baltimore|
|Win||2-0||Robert Jackson||TKO||1 (4)||06/01/1995||Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|Win||1-0||Gregory Herrington||KO||1 (4)||03/12/1994||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas||Professional debut.|
- WBU Heavyweight Champion
- IBO Heavyweight Champion
- IBF World Heavyweight Champion (held simultaneously with the WBC Title)
- WBC World Heavyweight (21st) Champion
- WBC World Heavyweight (24th) Champion (as of November 10, 2005)
- 2001 Upset of the Year – Ring Magazine (knocked out unified IBF/WBC Champion, Lennox Lewis)
- Vester, Mark (June 20, 2010). "Hasim Rahman Destroys Shannon Miller in Four Round". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- Kim, Jason (June 20, 2010). "Rahman stops Miller". BoxingNews24.com. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- "Hasim Rahman's career boxing record". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
|Awards and achievements|
Title last held byLou Savarese
|USBA Heavyweight Champion
July 15, 1997 – December 19, 1998
|IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
November 1, 1997 – December 19, 1998
|WBU Heavyweight Champion
May 20, 2000 – April 21, 2001 (Vacated)
|IBF Heavyweight Champion
IBO Heavyweight Champion
Lineal Heavyweight Champion
WBC Heavyweight Champion
April 22, 2001 – November 17, 2001
|New title||WBC Heavyweight Interim Champion
August 13, 2005 – November 9, 2005
Title next held bySamuel Peter
|WBC Heavyweight Champion
November 9, 2005 – August 12, 2006