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Report: Rahman may fight non-title bout on December card

Heavyweight Hasim Rahman could participate in a non-title bout against an opponent to be named as part of an HBO pay-per-view card promoted by Don King on Dec. 13 at a site to be determined, USA Today reported yesterday.

Baltimore native Rahman (35-4-1, 29 knockouts) has moved to Las Vegas to train under Roger Mayweather. He is coming off a draw with David Tua that most experts thought he won.

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Rahman is the top contender to the World Boxing Council title held by Lennox Lewis, who may retire rather than fight a rematch of his controversial June 21 win over Vitali Klitschko.

And with World Boxing Association champ Roy Jones considering a return to the light heavyweight class and a match with highly touted Antonio Tarver, Rahman and Tua, the next highest-rated contenders to Jones' title, could fight for Jones' vacated crown.

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"A lot depends on what Roy does," said Rahman, the only heavyweight who has wins over two of the current champions - Lewis and World Boxing Organization king Corrie Sanders.

* NOTE: Terrell Samuel, a 130-pound boxer from Baltimore who is Maryland's Golden Gloves champion, will face national Golden Gloves champ Carney Bowman of Altoona, Pa., in the main event of an amateur card Tuesday at the American Legion Hall in Towson. Tickets start at $25. For more information, call 410-375-9175.


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