By Rick Reeno
Greg Cohen, promoter for former two-time heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 42KOs), was angered by some of the published statements from Vladimir Hyrunov, the manager of WBA "regular" world heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16KOs). In a recent article on BoxingScene.com, Hyrunov took a shot at Rahman's physical condition.
"The greatest impression that Rahman made on me were his physical dimensions. He looks like he has a contract with a famous American fast food restaurant chain," Hyrunov said.
Cohen says "The Rock" has been training for the fight of his life and lost 40-pounds in the last few months. He expects the veteran to be in top form by the time both boxers step in the ring on September 29th in Hamburg, Germany.
"Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. [Hyrunov] should look in the mirror. He doesn't look so good. Hasim looks a lot better than him," Cohen told BoxingScene.com.
"It was totally out of line and not true. Hasim has lost over 40-pounds. You saw him in July after the Hard Rock show. He was close to 300-pounds and came down to 260 and now I think he's 258. For his last fight he was 284. You shouldn't say stuff like that but it doesn't surprise me because the entire Povetkin camp, throughout this entire process, has been classless."
"When we went over there and his photo was not on the posters.....Hasim flew 15 hours and I flew 10. They do a whole video on Povetkin, nothing on Hasim. He's not on the posters. It was one disrespectful thing after the next. And now his manager is making nasty claims and statements. All of these things are going to come back to bite them. They are waking up a sleeping dog and you should let sleeping dogs lie. My fighter is working his ass off for this opportunity. He's going to shock the world again. I'm not just saying it as a promoter. I believe it."
Cohen believes WBO cruiserweight king Marco Huck did enough to defeat Povetkin in February. The heavyweight champion won a close twelve round majority decision, although many had scored the fight for Huck.
"It will make it all the more sweeter when we knock him out in Germany so the German fans won't have to be bored to death with more Povetkin. The guy is lucky. He lost his last fight. He got a gift decision. That's his only free pass. They have been avoiding us for a year. They tried everything they could not to fight Hasim. There is a reason. You saw how rattled Povetkin was when he got hit on the chin by Marco Huck. You can say what you want about Hasim Rahman, he punches a lot harder than Marco Huck. If he hits Povetkin on the chin, he's not going to wobble - he's going to go down. And I know they can count to ten in Germany," Cohen said.