Pulev vs Ustinov
By Marcus Richardson: In a fight that should have never been allowed to happen, WBA World heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KO’s) destroyed 39-year-old former WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (50-8-2, 41 KO’s) in the 2nd round at the on Saturday night at the Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany.
Rahman just looked shot to pieces, like a fighter that didn’t belong in the same ring with Povetkin due to his faded skills. In the 2nd round, Povetkin staggered Rahman with a left hook to the head that caused Rahman to staggered back against the ropes. Povetkin then teed off on Rahman with combinations until the referee finally stopped the fight at 1:46 of the round.
Unbeaten EBU heavyweight champion Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KO’s) defeated the huge 6’7 1/2″ Alexander Ustinov (27-1, 21 KO’s) by an 11th round knockout in an IBF heavyweight title eliminator bout. Continue reading
(Photo Wende) By Rob Smith: Former WBC heavyweight champion 39-year-old Hasim Rahman will get getting a shot at the title against WBA World heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin in their fight at the Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, in Hamburg, Germany. A lot of boxing fans thought that Rahman had retired years ago after getting stopped by Wladiimr Klitschko in 2008. Rahman looked old and shot even then, and one can only imagine how much he’s deteriorated since that fight. But Rahman has been piling up wins over little known 2nd tier opposition and has now won his last five fights, albeit against WEAK opposition.
It’s hard to say why the World Boxing Association decided to give Rahman a #1 ranking because he’s done little to deserve even a bottom #15 in my view. It just seems unreal that Rahman can get the top ranking from wins over the likes of Galen Brown (35-16), Marcus Magee (22-17), Damon Reed (46-13), Shannon Miller (16-4) and Clinton Boldridge (9-15-1). This doesn’t boxing fans any good if a guy is given an inflated ranking and then tossed into the ring with a champion, even a fighter that many boxing fans see as a paper champion like the 33-year-old Povetkin.
You can’t blame Rahman for taking the opportunity to fight Povetkin after he was made the #1 challenger by the WBA, but you can sure find blame with the WBA for ranking Rahman so highly in the first place. Continue reading
News: Rahman looking to KO Povetkin; Ustinov hoping for win over Pulev; Kovalev signs with Main Events
The tension is building. Saturday’s big fight night is just around the corner. Three title fights are scheduled and they all have one thing in common. The World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Championship between Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) and Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs), Kubrat Pulev´s (16-0, 8 KOs) European and IBF International Heavyweight Championship defence against Alexander Ustinov (27-0, 21 KOs) and the WBA Intercontinental Championship bout between Jack Culcay (12-0, 8 KOs) and Mark Thompson (24-1, 14 KOs) are all likely to end prematurely. It would be a surprise if all of them would last the distance.
Convinced of an early success is Hasim Rahman. Once again, the 39-year-old stated his intentions of knocking out current WBA Champion Alexander Povetkin and taking his throne. “I’m happy that I got the chance for the title. I’m completely focused on myself and it doesn’t matter who is in front of me. I will knock Povetkin out.” But how quickly could he end the bout? “Between rounds one and twelve,“ said the challenger. Also in good spirits was Alexander Povetkin. “My preparation has been going really well. I have a lot of respect for Hasim Rahman and his experience,“ said the 33-year-old. His coach Kostya Tszyu added: “Since we started working together, Alexander has progressed about 40 percent.” Therefore, Team Povetkin has every reason to be optimistic.
The same principal applies for the defending European and IBF International Heavyweight Champion Kubrat Pulev. Lately, the prodigy of Coach Otto Ramin has been riding on a wave of success. “Ever since I won the European title, Bulgaria has been pretty much ecstatic. Whenever I walk along the streets, the people recognize me. That motivates me even more to defend my two titles come Saturday night,” said the 31-year-old, who is known as a joker if he is not inside the squared circle. Continue reading
(Photo: Team Sauerland) Since yesterday’s late arrival in Hamburg, Germany, it is no secret that Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs) likes to take his time. But after today’s public workout at the Europa Passage in Hamburg, it also no secret, that Rahman possesses some serious pop in his fists. But as expected, he was fashionably late. After leaving the hotel behind schedule and an interview on site, he changed into his training gear and had his hands taped. The media and fans had to be patient before they were able to see the challenger in action.
But then, he got started – and he did so with a bang. Just a few weeks ago during the first official press conference ahead of the big fight on Saturday, Rahman drew attention due to his presumably overweight size. But on Tuesday all of that seemed to be a thing of the past. In a much better condition, the 39-year-old started his session by hitting the pads. And one thing is for sure: Even Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) would have been impressed by those powerful jabs and hooks the challenger put on display.
The session of the current World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion was after Rahman’s and therefore, he wasn’t able to follow the happenings on stage. He also missed out on the Americans promise he made for the clash on the September 29: “I will knock him out.” Continue reading
Not a lot of heavyweights have leaped to the top of the division in such a short period of time. When current European and IBF International Champion Kubrat Pulev steps into the ring at the Sporthalle Hamburg, Germany, he will not only be fighting to defend his titles but also for the number one spot in the IBF rankings – all that within in three years since turning pro. The prodigy of coach Otto Ramin won the European Crown in Erfurt, Germany, in May against Alexander Dimitrenko. Now he is aiming to beat Ustinov and hoping to get a shot for the world championship. Continue reading
Come September 29 all eyes will be on Hamburg, Germany, as three title fights will top the bill at Alsterdorfer Sporthalle. Light Middleweight Jack Culcay is going to defend his WBA Intercontinental Championship against Mark Thompson and WBA World Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin will be trying to fend off the bid of mandatory challenger and former WBC and IBF Champion Hasim Rahman. But another heavyweight bout could steal the show, when Kubrat Pulev and Alexander Ustinov collide not only for the European and the IBF International Championship but also the number one spot in the IBF rankings. So the winner will come closer to challenge current World Champion Wladimir Klitschko in the not too distant future. In the following interview, the heavyweight colossus Ustinov talks about his chances of beating Pulev and earning this coveted position. Continue reading