Hasim “The Rock” Rahman, former WBC, IBO and IBF Heavyweight Champion of the World tries to dethrone current WBA Champion Alexander Povetkin in a 12-round world title fight, Saturday, September 29th from The Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany. The fight – shown live on EPIX, EpixHD.com, EPIX apps on Xbox and hundreds of other devices, and streamed on Facebook with an authenticated subscription or free trial (www.EpixHD.com/freetrial) – will feature commentary from renowned trainer and Boxing Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, ESPN Boxing Analyst Dan Rafael, WNBC-TV sports anchor Bruce Beck and hosted by Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix.
EPIX will once again treat boxing enthusiasts to a closed-captioned simulcast of this world championship clash on its Jumbotron in Times Square in New York City (Broadway between 44th and 45th St.).
“We’re looking forward to continue watching the story of Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin unfold,” said Travis Pomposello, EPIX Chief Creative Officer.
Povetkin (24-0, 23 KOs) – The Russian-born boxer first gained notoriety when he won the Gold Medal at super heavyweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. In 2011, Povetkin outpointed Uzbekistan’s Ruslan Chagaev to win the WBA Heavyweight Championship. He has since defended his title twice, with his last fight in a decision in 2012 against WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck.
Rahman (50–7– 2 draws – 1 no contest, 41 KOs) – From Baltimore, MD, the former champ returns to the ring after a year layoff from his TKO victory of Galen Brown in Mississippi. But it was in 2001 that Rahman shocked the boxing world when the 20-1 underdog knocked out Lenox Lewis in the 5th round to take Lewis’ WBC, IBF & IBO crown. Lewis would come back 7 months later to KO Rahman in the 4th round.
The fight between Rahman and Povetkin was originally scheduled for July 14, 2012, but Rahman pulled out due to a hand injury.
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