2008 is ending out big with big fights in middleweight, welterweight, and now the heavyweight division.
On Dec 13, there will be two heavyweight battles that will make or break three of the fighters and help the forth be looked at as the possible best of his time. I emphasize time because many are still looking for a heavyweight champion, and they continue to over look the strength and talent of Wladimir Klitschko.
On HBO's Boxing After Dark, Hashim Rahman was giving the opportunity to fight the IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko because of the ankle injury of opponent Povetkin.
Former Champion Hashim "the Rock" Rahman with a record of 45 wins (36KO), six losses, two draws, one no contest, and has once held the WBC/WBA/IBF heavyweight titles, which he won from the champion Lennox Lewis in a bout that took place in South Africa with a one punch KO in the fifth round.
After losing his title he has had a hard time trying to get back to the top. Been ranked fifth by the IBF it made him a good replacement for Wladimir Klitschko with the amount of time they had to find a fighter that would be ready to fight at a championship level. Although Rahman has only made it to a number one contender bout, and lost it against John Ruiz since holding the title he still possess a punchers change.
They say the last thing some one losses is his their strength and the Rock has showed he has power.
Wladimir Klitschko with a record of 51 wins (45KO) and three losses has been showing tremendous recovery from his last defeat by the hands of former champion Lamon Brewster. The fight took place on April 10, 2004 which I remember well since it was on my birthday. Many people still question his chin even though it's been almost five years ago.
Klistscko has regained three titles and defeated Lamon Brewster in a rematch by TKO. Trainer Buddy McGirt stopped the fight when it was obvious that his fighter wasn't going to win and would only continue to take unnecessary punishment if the fight would have proceeded.
Even with the success Dr. Steel Hammer has been achieving it still hasn't been enough for people to name him the answer of heavyweight boxing.
My prediction is even thou Hashim Rahman has the puncher chance and the confidence and heart which shows with him taken this fight in short notice. He will lose by Knockout to the hands of Wladimir "Dr. Steel Hammer" Klitschko.
James Toney vs. Tony Thompson
James Toney vs. Tony Thompson
On the cable network Versus to additional Heavyweights will be fighting for their chance to be viewed as contenders for the title on Dec 13. Both are considered ranked fighters and are ready too up that ranking to the top ten to be part of the fighters that get the shots at big titles.
Most people would rather watch legendary fights on ESPN, but you just may still be watching James "Lights Out" Toney with his record at 70 wins (43 KO) six losses and three draws. He's had many battles and has won multiple titles in different division.
Roy Jones Jr. Stated in current interviews with ESPN during the hype of his last fight that James Toney was the best fighter he ever stepped into a ring with.
Tony "The Tiger" Thompson, 31 wins (19 KO) two losses is returning to the ring after his defeat from Wladimir Klitschko in his challenge for the title. It was his first defeat in eight years and although he fell short of the victory he should a lot of courage during the bought.
Thompson has stated that he is ready to climb back on top and he will need to start with James Toney.
The fight will make for a interesting battle for a another chance at glory in the IBA World Heavyweight Championship a title which isn't highly recognized, but it will have to do for now.