James Toney-Hasim Rahman Rematch For July 16

By Mark Vester

It appears that a deal has been struck for James "Lights Out" Toney (70-6, 43KOs) to face former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (45-6, 36KOs) in a rematch on July 16. Toney previously faced Rahman, then the WBC champion, in March of 2006 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The fight would end in a majority draw, but most felt Rahman did enough to earn the decision.

Toney's promoter Dan Goossen informed MaxBoxing/'s Steve Kim of the news. The fight falls on a Wednesday and leaves Fox Sports Net and ESPN as the two television options.

"I've made a deal for James and Hasim Rahman. I'm just closing the details on the television," Goossen said.

Rahman was recently mentioned as David Haye's first opponent as a Golden Boy Promotions fighter. Haye will probably not re-enter the heavyweight ranks until the end of the year, which gives Rahman more than enough time to take the fight if he beats Toney in July.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pugilistic™ on 05-28-2008

Toney needs to retire.

Comment by Scott9945 on 05-28-2008

[quote=Tunney;3543169]Instead of fighting, they should have a hamburger eating competition. Having the two old fat men fight on ESPN won't do the ratings any good.[/quote] [B][I][FONT=Arial]I don't think it will do boxing any good, but the ratings will be pretty…

Comment by Freedom. on 05-28-2008

Both of them should retire, they are hurting their legacy by continuing fighting as fat, middle-aged men. It's not good for the sport of boxing for two fat men to square off on TV - it's degrading.

Comment by DuttyAlacrity on 05-28-2008

They're both washed up... I like toney but he's damaged goods now It would be nice if he gives a good performance though

Comment by Chase8400 on 05-28-2008

I guess if you have nobody to fight, then fight a nobody. That statement can be said for both sides. Neither man bring any hope to the division. Either man would get violently Ko'd by Wladimir and should never get…

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