By Rick Reeno
BoxingScene.com was advised that Tyson Fury's team is still attempting to secure former WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (49-7, 40KOs). If they can close a deal, the fight will take place in a featured position on the Amir Khan-Paul McCloskey undercard on April 16 at the MEN Arena in Manchester.
As previously reported, and later confirmed, Rahman's trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad is not comfortable with his boxer taking such a fight on two weeks notice. After there appeared to be trouble with Rahman, the fight with Fury (14-0, 10KOs) was offered to tough veteran Kali Meehan (37-4, 30KOs). While Meehan accepted the fight, BoxingScene has now been told that Sky Sports rejected him as an opponent.
Khan Promotions [the lead promoter of the show] are actually trying to save the fight by raising Rahman's purse. But, the problem heads right back to Muhammad. Regardless of the money, he doesn't want Rahman to take the fight. And, when Rahman tried to push the issue on accepting the deal - Muhammad told him that he won't travel to Manchester to work the boxer's corner.