Rahman to fight Foreman in Conn. Baltimore heavyweight gets Nov. 22 date for fight with former champion

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Baltimore heavyweight contender Hasim Rahman will meet former world champion George Foreman at a neutral site when they battle Nov. 22 at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Conn., a resort operated by the Pequot tribal nation.

The two had already agreed to contract terms for the HBO televised bout. The site and date were finalized Wednesday night.

"We're happy that the fight is going to Foxwoods," said Rahman's co-manager, Steve Nelson. "They out-bid Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and The Summit in Houston. With Foreman, it always comes down to who pays the best.

"I think that we'll get a fairer shake from the officials at Foxwoods. Foreman knows all the judges in his hometown of Houston and also Nevada, where he has had a lot of his major fights."

Foxwoods only seats about 7,000, but the gambling casino did extremely well financially promoting Roy Jones' fight with Montell Griffin earlier this month.

The fight is scheduled for the 12-round championship distance although Foreman, 48, no longer holds a title.

He is still considered the "linear" champion dating back to John L. Sullivan, but was forced to relinquish his International Boxing Federation crown in 1995 for refusing a rematch with Germany's Axel Schulz, from whom he won a controversial decision.

Foreman (75-4), who outpointed Lou Savarese in Atlantic City last April, is not ranked by any of boxing's leading sanctioning bodies.

Rahman (23-0) climbed to No. 7 in the IBF rankings after winning the United States Boxing Association title by stopping Jeff Wooden in the ninth round last month.

This will be the first major exposure for Rahman, who will train for the fight in champion Evander Holyfield's camp in Houston.

If Rahman beats Foreman, he could get a shot at the winner of the Lennox Lewis-Andrew Golota World Boxing Council title bout on Oct. 4.

Pub Date: 8/29/97

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