Hasim Rahman Jr. Slated to Fight Nov. 4th after Durham Fiasco

By Steve Kim

There's not much you can do when an opponent simply refuses to fight you. Which is what Hasim Rahman Jr. found out this past Thursday evening at the Durham Armory in Durham, North Carolina when Joseph Coats backed out of the fight at the very last moment.

"They announced him and then he ran out of the ring,'' said a flummoxed, Greg Cohen, who promotes the son of the former heavyweight champion of the world.

"Don Turner is his trainer. Then the guy, they talked to him in the lockerroom, they said, 'no,no, no he's going to fight.' So a half-hour later Rahman walks back into the ring.


"He's waiting five minutes and then the ring announcer makes an announcement: 'Joseph Coats has left the building. He went out the back door and is refusing to fight and is permanently banned from ever boxing.'"

Yeah, Cohen - who says he will pay Rahman Jr, regardless - had never experienced anything so bizarre.

"Not only have I never seen anything like this, Russell Peltz who was the matchmaker and co-promoter of the show who was there in person said he's never seen anything like this and Russell's seen just about everything," said Cohen. This card was co-promoted by Peltz Boxing and Raging Babe.

As for Rahman  Jr. (2-0, 2 KO's), Cohen told - "Hasim is scheduled for November 4th in Springfield, Virginia, right outside Washington D.C. He doesn't have a long wait. I feel terrible for the kid. Look, I flew the kid, the whole corner in and everybody. He was training really hard. He hadn't fought in awhile because he had a minor surgery in June and this was his fight back. It's terrible for this to happen."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by slimPickings on 10-24-2017

"He went out the back door and is refusing to fight and is permanently banned from ever boxing" I am willing to bet there is more to this story than meets the eye and most likely rooted in money!!! Until…

Comment by kushking on 10-24-2017

[QUOTE=Deontay Wilder;18159689]No room for puss[I]i[/I]es or cheats in this sport.[/QUOTE] What sport you talking about? Because in BOXING theres plenty of room for pûssies & cheats like Kovalev & Ortiz who have more fanbois than legit champs Ward & Canelo.:lol1:

Comment by Deontay Wilder on 10-24-2017

[QUOTE=kushking;18159529]The part that amazes me is that he was banned for life.[/QUOTE] No room for puss[I]i[/I]es or cheats in this sport.

Comment by kushking on 10-24-2017

The part that amazes me is that he was banned for life. Anyone know if thats a rule somewhere that the athletic association doesn't need to even ban u but rather its automatic? :scared: SHOOK! I would think that hed…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 10-24-2017

Has Rahman Jr done THAT well in his 2 wins? Seems odd a guy would run from him. Maybe the dude didn't know he was fighting Rahman Jr and the promotion wasn't trying to pay him more for fighting a…

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