NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 3- Two time former world heavyweight champion Hasim Sharif Rahman has told Kenya’s Bernard Adie to expect a tough bout when they fight on Saturday at the Kasarani Indoor Arena, warning him of a knockout in less than three minutes.
The 44-year old American, 2001 WBC, IBF and IBO title holder has a rich background from the 62 pro bouts he has had since turning professional on December 3, 1994.
He has won 50 fights, 41 of them on knock outs, lost nine fights, six on knockout and has drawn twice.
“I know Adie is a worthy opponent and it’s going to be a hard battle but what I know is I am going for a knock out and nothing less,” Rahman said during the pre-bout press conference on Thursday afternoon.
Rahman, who hails from Baltimore, Maryland, stunned the world when he knocked out three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis to storm the world stage in 2001 in style.
He is currently being coached by former world (light and heavy) champion Michael Lee Moorer.
Homeboy Adie, 43, insists he is not shaken by Rahman’s decorated boxing career and will be gunning for victory on Saturday in front of his home fans.
“I am not scared of another man’s history, I am going to write my own history by defeating Rahman in the ring,” noted Adie.
The Kenyan pugilist who hails from Karachuonyo, Homa Bay county has had a total of 17 fights since turning professional on June 5, 2010.
He has never been lucky in his quest for global and continental titles. He lost a Global Boxing Union world cruiserweight title to Agron Xhila of Macedonia in March last year and suffered a knock out against Zack Mwekasa of South Africa in the contest for Africa Boxing Union heavyweight title in June 2014.
The organizers of the bout, Bigger Than Life promotions were forced to change plans for the bout after earlier opponent, Marcellus Brown, also from the US was barred from travelling to Kenya for the fight on child support ground.
“We had made all arrangements for Brown to travel to Kenya unfortunately he couldn’t make it after he was halted from travelling outside States by the authorities,” said EJ Mathews, the fight promoter, CEO and Founder of Bigger Than Life Promotions.
However, Mathews was glad they were able to get a quick replacement through Rahman who agreed to the terms and conditions of the fight.
Mathews said the weekend bouts will serve as a knock out battles for title fights slated at the venue on January 21, 2017.
“We want to change the face of boxing in Kenya. We want boxers to be well paid, well treated and respected by promoters,” noted Mathews.
Kenya Professional Boxing Commission (KPBC) President Hillary Alila said their partnership with the US based promotional firm will revamp the game in Kenya and define a whole new level of relationships between boxers and promoters in Kenya.
Heavyweight: Hasim Sharif Rahman (USA) versus Bernard Adie -10pm
Other notable fight cards
Super middleweight: Daniel Wanyonyi versus Ibrahim Mutamba (Tanzania)-9pm
Super featherweight: Michael Shaka Nyawade versus David Rajuli (South Africa)-8pm
Featherweight: Anderson Sifuna versus Fred Sayuni (Tanzania) 7pm.