Hasim Rahman beats the brakes off Lennox Lewis at Disney World ESPN Zone.

    

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Flashback | Lets look back at the time Heavyweight Boxing kingpins Lennox Lewis and Hasim Rahman met at the ESPN Zone inside Disney World and things got way out of hand.

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Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa, is 5,200 feet above sea level. Rahman arrived on March 27 so he would have time to adjust to the high altitude, but Lewis didn’t arrive until April 10. Lewis trained in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is 2,000 feet above sea level. He trained in Las Vegas so he could also film scenes for a cameo appearance in the movie Ocean’s 11. After Lewis was knocked out by Rahman, HBO commentator Larry Merchant said, “He just drowned in Ocean’s 11.”

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The two fighters fought a close first four rounds, though Lewis was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards by the score of 39–37, having won rounds two through four while Rahman was able to win the fight’s opening round. By the fourth round, Rahman had become the aggressor, throwing 60 punches to Lewis’ 33, though each man landed 20 and Lewis was able to narrowly win the round. In the fifth round, Lewis threw few punches, instead stalking Rahman throughout the round in an attempt to size up Rahman in order to land a knockout blow, but Rahman was able to successfully defend himself and avoided taking any power punches from Lewis. With 46 seconds remaining in the round, Rahman was able to turn the tables and used his jab to back Lewis into the ropes. Shortly after that exchange, Lewis momentarily dropped his gloves to his side, allowing Rahman to quickly land a strong right hand that dropped Lewis to the mat. Lewis was unable to get back to his feet and Rahman was announced the winner by knockout, becoming the new Heavyweight Champion in the process

   

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Following his upset victory, Rahman became an overnight sensation. Less than a month after his victory, Rahman signed a $5 million deal with influential promoter Don King.[5] Shortly before joining King’s stable, cable giants HBO and Showtime entered into negotiations with Rahman in an attempt to get exclusive rights to air his fights. Showtime offered Rahman an estimated $19.25 million to sign with them and face their premier fighter Mike Tyson in the first defense of his newly won titles, while HBO offered Rahman $17 million to instead face Lewis in a rematch, but Rahman turned down both offers and instead agreed to a match with Danish fighter Brian Nielsen that would earn him an additional $5 million.[6][7] The Rahman–Nielsen fight fell through, however, and it was announced in June that Rahman would defend his titles against David Izon.[8] Lewis, however, had a rematch clause in his contract and went to court in hopes of gaining his rematch with Rahman and in June, a judge ruled in Lewis’ favor, giving him the legal right to face Rahman for the titles. In August, both sides were able to reach an agreement and the rematch was announced for November 17, 2001 in Las Vegas

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The two fighters fought a close first four rounds, though Lewis was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards by the score of 39–37, having won rounds two through four while Rahman was able to win the fight’s opening round. By the fourth round, Rahman had become the aggressor, throwing 60 punches to Lewis’ 33, though each man landed 20 and Lewis was able to narrowly win the round. In the fifth round, Lewis threw few punches, instead stalking Rahman throughout the round in an attempt to size up Rahman in order to land a knockout blow, but Rahman was able to successfully defend himself and avoided taking any power punches from Lewis. With 46 seconds remaining in the round, Rahman was able to turn the tables and used his jab to back Lewis into the ropes. Shortly after that exchange, Lewis momentarily dropped his gloves to his side, allowing Rahman to quickly land a strong right hand that dropped Lewis to the mat. Lewis was unable to get back to his feet and Rahman was announced the winner by knockout, becoming the new Heavyweight Champion in the process

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