Wladimir Klitschko vs. Hasim Rahman is Being Explored

By Rick Reeno has been informed that discussions took place over the weekend to match WBC/WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (51-3, 45 KOs) against Hasim Rahman (45-6-2, 36KOs).

Klitschko had been scheduled to fight his IBF mandatory, Alexander Povetkin (16-0, 12KOs), on December 13 on HBO. Povetkin injured his left foot during a training run last Friday, forcing him to withdraw from the fight. The highest ranked contenders under the IBF, though not available, are Chris Arreola and Alexander Dimitrenko.

Rahman [ranked five by the IBF] is the most logical choice when considering that Oleg Maskaev, Sultan Ibragimov, Eddie Chambers and Andrew Golota are the next few names in the IBF rankings. Rahman is the bigger name among the bunch and a former two-time heavyweight champion.

In 2005, Rahman [then the WBC mandatory] was scheduled, several times, to fight older brother Vitali Klitschko [then the WBC champion]. Vitali was unable to shake his reoccurring injures and after several postponements - he announced his retirement and Rahman became the recognized champion by the WBC. The storyline is there, with Rahman finally getting his chance to fight someone with the last name of Klitschko.

No replacement has been officially named and several options are being explored for Klitschko. A decision could be made in the next few days.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Leo Pradun on 10-27-2008

[QUOTE=Jone2ts;4246489]Klitschko's are by the far the most boring fighters I have ever seen and if he makes this match it's just another reason why the HW division is so terrible and why these guys rule it...why they trippin they should…

Comment by Jone2ts on 10-27-2008

Klitschko's are by the far the most boring fighters I have ever seen and if he makes this match it's just another reason why the HW division is so terrible and why these guys rule it...why they trippin they should…

Comment by boxingfan405 on 10-27-2008

[QUOTE=Thread Stealer;4242793]Rahman would get his ass kicked.[/QUOTE] for sure man

Comment by Derranged on 10-27-2008

[QUOTE=BrooklynBomber;4246140]Wlad already beat up McCline, like 8 years ago.[/QUOTE] Yea I know, I say McCline because no matter how much he loses he keeps getting chances, and people would've been more critical of that fight, which probably isnt even out…

Comment by BrooklynBomber on 10-27-2008

[QUOTE=Derranged;4246015]Look at this way. At least it isnt Jameel McCline. Anyway, for the record, as a Wladimir fan I never criticized Haye for looking for a fight with Rahman, at least I dont think. Wladimir might be able to blast…

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