Hasim Rahman

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Hasim Rahman
Hasim Rahman 2008.jpg
Real name Hasim Shariff Rahman
Nickname(s) The Rock
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 2 12 in (1.89 m)
Reach 82 in (208 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1972-11-07) November 7, 1972 (age 43)
Baltimore, Maryland, US
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 62
Wins 50
Wins by KO 40
Losses 9
Draws 2
No contests 1

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.

Rahman lives in Las Vegas, and trains in Rochester, New York.[1]

Professional career[edit]

1994–1997: Prospect[edit]

Rahman got a relatively late start in the sport. He was an enforcer for drug dealers, and was known for surviving several shootings.[2] 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.[3] 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.

1998–2000: Contention[edit]

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[edit]

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.

2002–2004: Comeback[edit]

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[edit]

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.

On December 9, 2005, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge ended Rahman's contract with Don King and he signed instead with Top Rank Boxing.[4]

2006: Toney and Maskaev title fights[edit]

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[edit]

Hasim Rahman in 2008

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.[5] 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[edit]

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[edit]

In an interview dated February 26, 2009, with DreamFighters.com, Rahman expressed his interest in crossing over into mixed martial arts.[6]

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.[7][8] 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[edit]

He was elevated to the WBA number one contender to face Alexander Povetkin on September 29 – 2012, for the WBA regular heavyweight championship.[9]

Povetkin beat Rahman via 2nd-round TKO.

2014: Super 8 Tournament[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

50 Wins (41 knockouts), 9 Losses (6 knockouts), 2 Draws, 1 No Contest[10]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
Loss 50-9-2
1 NC
New Zealand Anthony Nansen UD 3 04/06/2014 New Zealand The Trusts Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand 'Super 8' Tournament Heavyweight Quarter-Final.
Loss 50-8-2
1 NC
Russia Alexander Povetkin TKO 2 (12), 1:46 29/09/2012 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg For WBA (Regular) Heavyweight title.
Win 50-7-2
1 NC
United States Galen Brown TKO 6 (10) 11/06/2011 United States DeSoto Civic Center, Southaven, Mississippi
Win 49-7-2
1 NC
United States Marcus McGee KO 1 (8) 02/10/2010 Panama Arena Roberto Durán, Panama City
Win 48-7-2
1 NC
United States Damon Reed KO 6 (10), 2:20 14/08/2010 United States Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia
Win 47-7-2
1 NC
United States Shannon Miller TKO 4 (10), 1:37 19/06/2010 United States Conference Centre, Niagara Falls, New York
Win 46-7-2
1 NC
United States Clinton Boldridge TKO 1 (10), 2:50 26/03/2010 United States Beaumont Club, Kansas City, Missouri
Loss 45-7-2
1 NC
Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko TKO 7 (12), 0:44 13/12/2008 Germany SAP-Arena, Mannheim For IBF, WBO & IBO Heavyweight titles.
NC 45-6-2
1 NC
United States James Toney NC 3 (12), 3:00 16/07/2008 United States Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California NC due to an accidental headbutt in the 3rd Round.
Win 45-6-2 United States Zuri Lawrence TKO 10 (10), 2:20 15/11/2007 United States Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania Retained NABF Heavyweight title.
Win 44-6-2 United States Cerrone Fox TKO 1 (10), 2:20 18/10/2007 United States Kewadin Casino, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan
Win 43-6-2 United States Dicky Ryan TKO 2 (10), 0:41 07/09/2007 United States Soaring Eagle Casino, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Win 42-6-2 United States Taurus Sykes UD 10 14/06/2007 United States Main Street Armory, Rochester, New York Won NABF Heavyweight title.
Loss 41-6-2 Russia Oleg Maskaev TKO 12 (12), 2:17 12/08/2006 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC Heavyweight title.
Draw 41-5-2 United States James Toney MD 12 18/03/2006 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 41-5-1 United States Monte Barrett UD 12 13/08/2005 United States United Center, Chicago Won interim WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 40-5-1 Australia Kali Meehan TKO 4 (12) 13/11/2004 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City WBC, WBA & IBF Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 39-5-1 United States Terrence Lewis KO 2 (10), 0:43 28/07/2004 United States Frontier Field, Rochester, New York
Win 38-5-1 United States Rob Calloway KO 2 (10), 2:00 17/06/2004 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Win 37-5-1 United States Mario Cawley TKO 2 (8), 2:25 16/04/2004 United States Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Dover, Delaware
Win 36-5-1 United States Alfred Cole UD 10 11/03/2004 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Loss 35-5-1 United States John Ruiz UD 12 13/12/2003 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey For interim WBA World Heavyweight title.
Draw 35-4-1 New Zealand David Tua SD 12 29/03/2003 United States Spectrum, Philadelphia IBF Heavyweight title eliminator.
Loss 35-4 United States Evander Holyfield TD 8 (12) 01/06/2002 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.
Loss 35-3 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis KO 4 (12), 1:29 17/11/2001 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC, IBF, IBO & Lineal Heavyweight titles.
Win 35-2 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis KO 5 (12), 2:32 22/04/2001 South Africa Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng Won WBC, IBF, IBO & Lineal Heavyweight titles.
Win 34-2 United States Frankie Swindell RTD 7 (10), 3:00 04/08/2000 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Win 33-2 South Africa Corrie Sanders TKO 7 (12), 1:50 20/05/2000 United States Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 32-2 United States Marion Wilson UD 10 01/03/2000 United States Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland
Loss 31-2 Russia Oleg Maskaev KO 8 (10), 0:40 06/11/1999 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 31-1 United States Arthur Weathers KO 1 (10), 1:44 15/04/1999 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida
Win 30-1 United States Michael Rush TKO 5 (10) 12/03/1999 United States Roseland Ballroom, New York City
Loss 29-1 New Zealand David Tua TKO 10 (12), 2:25 19/12/1998 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami
Win 29-0 United States Garing Lane TKO 2 (10) 09/07/1998 United States Grand Casino Avoyelles, Marksville, Louisiana
Win 28-0 United States Steve Pannell KO 2 (12), 1:48 21/04/1998 United States Players Island Casino, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Win 27-0 United States Melvin Foster TKO 2 (10) 14/03/1998 Russia Olympisky Sport Hall, Moscow
Win 26-0 United States Jesse Ferguson UD 12 31/01/1998 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 25-0 Samoa Tui Toia KO 2 (10) 04/12/1997 United States Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York
Win 24-0 United States Obed Sullivan MD 12 01/11/1997 United States Apollo Theater, New York City
Win 23-0 United States Jeff Wooden KO 9 (12) 15/07/1997 United States Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York
Win 22-0 United States Marshall Tillman KO 1 09/01/1997 United States Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
Win 21-0 United States Herman Delgado KO 2 (8), 1:37 17/12/1996 United States National Guard Armory, Pikesville, Maryland
Win 20-0 Mexico Marcos González KO 1 03/12/1996 United Kingdom Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England
Win 19-0 United States Brian Sargent TKO 1 08/11/1996 United States Arizona Charlie's, Las Vegas
Win 18-0 Canada Trevor Berbick UD 10 15/10/1996 United States Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 17-0 United States Mark Young TKO 3 08/08/1996 United States Lake Charles, Louisiana
Win 16-0 United States Martin Foster KO 2 (10), 0:57 09/06/1996 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania
Win 15-0 United States Tim Knight KO 4 (8), 2:43 04/06/1996 United States Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland
Win 14-0 United States Steve Edwards KO 2 (6), 2:34 03/05/1996 United States MARK of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois
Win 13-0 United States Ross Puritty UD 10 26/03/1996 United States Rochester, New York
Win 12-0 United States Mike Mitchell KO 1 (8) 09/03/1996 United States Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 11-0 United States Bradley Rone TKO 1 (6), 2:27 09/02/1996 United States Tropworld Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 10-0 United States Mike Robinson KO 1 13/12/1995 United States Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey
Win 9-0 United States James Johnson TKO 3 10/10/1995 United States Rochester, New York
Win 8-0 United States Matt Green TKO 2 12/09/1995 United States Woodlawn, Baltimore
Win 7-0 United States Carl McGrew TKO 1 26/08/1995 United States Bismarck Hotel, Chicago
Win 6-0 United States Larry Davis TKO 2 13/07/1995 United States Greenbelt, Maryland
Win 5-0 United States Eric Valentine KO 1 06/06/1995 United States Woodlawn, Baltimore
Win 4-0 United States Jeff Williams MD 4 28/03/1995 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Win 3-0 United States Dennis Cain TKO 2 (4) 11/01/1995 United States Woodlawn, Baltimore
Win 2-0 United States Robert Jackson TKO 1 (4) 06/01/1995 United States Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Win 1-0 United States Gregory Herrington KO 1 (4) 03/12/1994 United States 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)


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Awards and achievements
Title last held by
Lou Savarese
USBA Heavyweight Champion
July 15, 1997 – December 19, 1998
Succeeded by
David Tua
Preceded by
Obed Sullivan
IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
November 1, 1997 – December 19, 1998
Preceded by
Corrie Sanders
WBU Heavyweight Champion
May 20, 2000 – April 21, 2001 (Vacated)
Succeeded by
Johnny Nelson
Preceded by
Lennox Lewis
IBF Heavyweight Champion
IBO Heavyweight Champion
Lineal Heavyweight Champion
WBC Heavyweight Champion

April 22, 2001 – November 17, 2001
Succeeded by
Lennox Lewis
New title WBC Heavyweight Interim Champion
August 13, 2005 – November 9, 2005
Title next held by
Samuel Peter
Preceded by
Vitali Klitschko
WBC Heavyweight Champion
November 9, 2005 – August 12, 2006
Succeeded by
Oleg Maskaev