The comeback continues tonight for Baltimore heavyweight Hasim Rahman, who will headline a six-bout card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.
Rahman (37-5-1, 30 KOs), the former undisputed heavyweight champion, will face Rob Calloway (48-4-1, 35 KOs) of St. Joseph, Mo. It will be Rahman's third bout in the past four months. He won a unanimous decision against Al Cole at Michael's in March and knocked out Mario Cawley in the second round of their April 16 fight.
"I'm just trying to sharpen myself up," said Rahman, 31. "I feel like a title fight is right around the corner. I'm just trying to stay sharp, and this is the best way for me to do it."
Rahman stunned the boxing world in April 2001 by winning the championship with a fifth-round knockout of Lennox Lewis. But Rahman was knocked out in the fourth round of their rematch less than seven months later and then went 0-2-1 in his next three fights. The slump seemed to signal the end of Rahman's viability as a contender in the sport's glamour division.
Rahman is trying to change that, however, by staying busy. He will earn $25,000 for his fight with Calloway, but he hopes it will put him in line to fight one of the four champions in a division lacking big names and fighters with drawing power. Rahman is ranked No. 1 by the World Boxing Association.
"I want to get that title, then I'd love to get in a unification tournament with the rest of the champions," said Rahman who is ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively, by the World Boxing Organization, World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation.
Also on tonight's card is Silver Spring light-heavyweight Darnell Wilson (16-1-2, 14 KOs).
-- Jake Schaller