Rahman Jr. Ready To Begin His Own Heavyweight Legacy At
Skylands ECC On Thursday, March 23
Having grown up the son of a former undisputed and two-time
World Heavyweight Champion, Hasim Rahman Jr., doesn't mind
that the world will be watching from the beginning of his
professional boxing career.
"This isn't new," explained Rahman. "I'm so used to being
who I am and having eyes on me that it would be awkward to
not have them. It hasn't mattered who I was my whole life,
or what I did. The world was watching because of who my
Rahman Jr., whose father, Hasim "The Rock" Rahman famously
knocked out Lennox Lewis in April 2001 to win the WBC and
IBF Heavyweight Championships, will make his professional
debut against Kansas City's Brian Imes (1-4, 1 KO) on
Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Greg Cohen Promotions' SUPER
BRAWL® III, boxing event at the Skylands Event & Conference
Center (ECC) in Randolph, New Jersey.
Presented in association with Rising Promotions and GH3
Promotions (sponsored by David Schuster's Winner Take All
Productions), SUPER BRAWL® III will also feature the Bronx,
New York's Halili brothers: power-punching
super-welterweight action hero Skender Halili (13-1, 13 KOs)
taking on Ecuadorian veteran Eduardo "El Cheíto" Flores
(25-25-3, 15 KOs) in the eight-round main event, and
undefeated Enver Halili (8-0, 2 KOs) facing Nicaragua's
Ariel Vasquez (13-16-2, 9 KOs) in the six-round welterweight
"My dad is like an advisor," he continued. "My dad is the
only person I know that truly has my best interests at
heart. Anybody else I ever dealt with, it always came down
to money at the end of the day. My dad never asks me for
anything. I know he knows the game and I know that with him
on my team, the sky is the limit."
25-year-old Rahman is getting a later-than-expected start at
his highly-anticipated boxing career. Coming off his
successful 100-fight run as an amateur, the buzz was all
around the 6' 3" 250-lb. fighter, but a fatal car accident
in 2012 saw him serving a 2- to 5-year sentence with the
Department of Corrections.
Recently released and now ready to go on with life, Rahman
says the entire experience changed him for the good. "It was
an eye-opener for me. Going through that really changed my
career and how I felt as a person, and a son, a father, and
a husband. It changed me. I am grateful god blessed me to be
in this position today."
Rahman says he doesn't know much about first opponent Imes,
but he and trainer Kenny Ellis are hard at work at Upton
Boxing Center in Baltimore.
"I feel great. I'm really anxious, but the nervousness
hasn't kicked in. It will around fight time. My team says
it's a good fight for me. Being off for two and a half
years, I'm looking to get in some rounds."
Despite the delayed start, Team Rahman has no plan on
"I just want to stay busy as I can and learn as much as I
can and fight for a world title when I'm ready. I'm not
going to rush. There's no rush. It's not like I'm going to
wait forever. I will fight for the title when I'm ready and
I know if it put in the work, I'll be ready in a about two
years. That's the goal for me. If it takes three or four
years, it does. Whatever the case may be. I'll keep racking
up the knockouts until it happens."
For Rahman, the decision to follow in his famous father's
footsteps was a rational one.
"I've always been taught to plan ahead. When I was in middle
school, I was really into football. I played tight end,
running back and wide receiver. I had dreams. But it dawned
on me how many people have the same dream that I do. For
instance, there are a million young African American men
wanting to go to the NBA every year. 400,000 of them will
play high school basketball. 4000 of those will play
college. 35 will be drafted. Out of the that 35, only 7 will
start. That means there are a million people trying to get 7
jobs. And the average career in the NBA is four years.
That's a problem. People have to look at their odds. I did.
So, I said 'know what? Instead of being in this giant pool
of people trying to be the next Ray Lewis. I rarely run
across someone who wants to be heavyweight champion of the
world,' so that's what I decided to do. No father and son
duo have ever become heavyweight champions. It's never been
done. For me to be in the position to cement our family name
in heavyweight championship history is very motivating and
I'm ready to take full advantage of it."
Signing with Greg Cohen Promotions was an easy decision,
according to Rahman, who has known the Jersey-based promoter
for most of his life.
"I really want to thank Greg Cohen for the chance he's given
me," he said. "I've known Greg since I was a kid and he has
always believed in me. He has always supported me and kept
in contact and followed me. He has a real genuine interest
in me. Greg already knows he has the best new heavyweight in
the world. I'm really dedicated to making him and my father
and the City of Baltimore proud."