Hasim Rahman To Step in, Face Vladimir Virchis?

By Mark Vester

Steve Nelson, manager of former two-time WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (45-6-2, 36KOs), told The Fight Network , that his fighter could very well replace Juan Carlos Gomez in a fight with Vladimir Virchis (24-1, 20KOs) on March 8 in Krefeld, Germany. If he steps in, the fight would be Rahman's first to take place outside of the United States since he knocked out Lennox Lewis to win the heavyweight title in South Africa, in 2001.

Why would Rahman want such a fight? The bout between Virchis and Gomez has been scheduled as a WBC eliminator, with the winner landing a mandatory title shot. In recent weeks, Gomez has had a big falling out with his German-based promoters, Arena Box. The promotional company has claimed a lack of communication from Gomez and were forced to communicating with the fighter via press releases in the media.

“We’ve seen Virchis before, and we know he’s a strong, capable fighter,” Nelson told The Fight Network. “But it’s nothing we haven’t seen in the past. Rock has faced, and beaten, far better fighters than Virchis. It’s been a while since we’ve fought overseas. But we’re 3-0 when fighting outside the US, so we know we can go out on the road and get things done. This is a great opportunity to get ourselves back in the world title picture, and I know Rock is ready to make things happen.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by beez721 on 01-26-2008

[QUOTE=Tobi.G;3079771]I hope Gomez will fight Virchis, thats the fight i want to see! If not Gomez, then Rahman would be also interesting! If Rahman would beat Virchis he would be back in the mix!! Virchis is verry strong, but verry…

Comment by Feint on 01-26-2008

I don't know anything about Virchis but I can't see Rahman winning any fight against any relevant opponent at this point.

Comment by Tobi.G on 01-26-2008

[QUOTE=TheManchine;3077180]There's like 5-6 guys who are already promised a shot at the WBC title. It's a mess. Peter is going to have his shot at the title now, Vitali later, Golota was promised a title shot, Oliver McCall won a…

Comment by WLAD OWNS on 01-26-2008

The KO loss Maskaev destroyed Rahman IMO, he has looked terrible ever since that loss...Vladimir Virchis is a dangerous opponent, he is a big strong dude with very heavy hands and an iron chin. I think Virchis would put Rahman…

Comment by bigdaddysback on 01-26-2008

Why is hasbeen rahman even relevant in the HW division today he lost to maskaev not once but twice by huge ass Ko's obv lewis and old holyfield (but by a tyson stlyes head butts) Sanders and cant get out…

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