• Germany's news in English

Rahman fight just part of Klitschko's masterplan

AFP · 11 Dec 2008, 16:03

Published: 11 Dec 2008 16:03 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Klitschko, known as Dr Steelhammer, was due to face Alexander Povetkin, but a training injury ruled the Russian out and former world champion Rahman from the United States has stepped in as a replacement.

But along with his brother and WBC champion Witali, the Klitschko brothers from Kiev aim to dominate the heavyweight division and Vladimir says he has big plans for next year. "I can promise that in 2009 there will be a spectacular combination fight," said Vladimir who has his WBO and IBF titles on the line against Rahman.

Between them the brothers hold four world titles and the obvious target is the WBA belt. Russian giant Nikolai Valuev will defend the WBA heavyweight crown against Evander Holyfield in Zurich on December 20. The winner of the Holyfield-Valuev fight which must then face ex-world champion Ruslan Chagaev in the new year and whichever of the three ends up with the WBA title is sure to be offered a fight against one of the Klitschko brothers.

But any talk of world domination would be deemed irrelevant if Rahman creates another upset. The 36-year-old pulled off the boxing shock of the year in 2001 when he knocked out reigning WBC, IBF and IBO champion Lennox Lewis in the fourth round of their fight in South Africa. Lewis won the re-match and although Rahman later won the WBC crown he lost it to Oleg Maskaev.

"Rahman is probably stronger than Povetkin," said Klitschko's coach Emanuel Stewart. In the Klitschko camp, where the champion has won 51 of his 54 professional fights with 45 knock-outs, nobody doubts the quality of the substitute from Baltimore. And Rahman, who has won 45 fights with 36 knock-outs and lost six times, used just one word to predict when Saturday's fight will end, "early", meaning it would be Klitschko pole-axed on the canvas.

Story continues below…

The champion, who holds the IBF, WBO and IBO titles, has spent six weeks in Majorca preparing for the fight and was also predicting an early finish. "I expect a tight fight, because it is probably Rahman's last chance for the title. But I will win, as early and as unambiguously as I can."

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Today's headlines
These are Germany's top ten universities
The new library of Freiburg University. Photo: Jörgens.mi / Wikimedia Commons

These are the best universities in all of Germany - at least according to one ranking.

Introducing Swabians - 'the Scots of Germany'
Photo: DPA

These Southern Germans have quite a reputation in the rest of the country.

Woman sues dentist over job rejection for headscarf
Photo: DPA

A dentist in Stuttgart is being taken to court by a woman whom he rejected for a job as his assistant on the basis that she wears a Muslim headscarf.

Isis suspect charged with scouting Berlin attack sites
Photo: DPA

German federal prosecutors said Thursday they had brought charges against a 19-year-old Syrian man accused of having scouted targets in Berlin for a potential attack by the Isis terror group.

Berlin Holocaust memorial could not be built now: creator
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

The architect of the Berlin Holocaust memorial has said that, if he tried to build the monument again today, it would not be possible due to rising xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Germany and the United States.

'Liberal' Germany stopping Europe's 'slide into barbarism'
Ian Kershaw. Photo: DPA

Europe is not slipping into the same dark tunnel of hate and nationalism that it did in the 1930s - mainly thanks to Germany - one of the continent's leading historians has said.

Eurowings strike to hit 40,000 passengers
Travelers impacted by the strike on Thursday wait at Cologne Bonn airport. Photo: DPA.

The day-long strike by a Eurowings cabin crew union is expected to impact some 40,000 passengers on Thursday as hundreds of flights have been cancelled.

Deutsche Bank reports surprise quarter billion profit
Photo: DPA

Troubled German lender Deutsche Bank reported Thursday a surprise €256-million profit in the third quarter, compared with a loss of more than six billion in the same period last year.

US 'warned Merkel' against Chinese takeover of tech firm
Aixtron HQ. Photo: DPA

The German government withdrew its approval for a Chinese firm to purchase Aixtron, which makes semiconductor equipment, after the US secret services raised security concerns, a German media report said Wednesday.

Long-vanished German car brand joins electric race
Photo: DPA

Cars bearing the stamp of once-defunct manufacturer Borgward will once again roll off an assembly line in north Germany from 2018, the firm said Wednesday.

10 German clichés that foreigners get very wrong
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd