Former world heavyweight champion Hasim 'the Rock' Rahman is set to make an appearance on this shores after signing up for the New Zealand Super 8 boxing tournament at the Trusts Arena in West Auckland.
The 41-year old American is one of five fighters confirmed so far for the knockout event that has a total prize pool of $500,000.
"I chased Hasim after the Tua Cameron fight, but this time I've got him and make no mistake, never before has a boxer of Rahman’s credentials competed in New Zealand," SKY ARENA company director John McRae said.
Three competitors are still to be confirmed for the event which has been described as a night of knockouts and explosive 3x3 minute rounds with $80,000 knockout incentives
Line up so far:
Hasim Rahman (USA) aka the Rock
pro record: won 50 (KO 41), lost 8 (KO 6), drawn 2
Samuel Peter (Nigeria) aka The Nigerian Nightmare
Pro Record: 34 Wins (27 KO), 5 Losses, 0 Draws
Kali Meehan (New Zealand) aka Mean Hands
pro record: 38 wins (31 ko), 5 losses, 0 draws
Michael Sprott (England)
Pro record: 40 Wins (27 KO), 21 Losses, 0 Draws
Martin Rogan (Ireland) aka the Entertainer
Pro Record: 16 Wins (8 KO), 5 Losses, 0 Draws
source: newshub archive