Hasim Rahman thinks two of today’s top heavyweights might end up going the way of the Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe fight in that ‘it won’t happen.’
Both were heavyweight champions, but Lewis and Bowe never managed to step into the professional ring together despite it being one of the best fights to have been made at the time.
They had met years earlier in the Olympics when Lewis took the win, but Bowe famously threw his WBC belt in the bin when it was announced that Lewis was his mandatory.
Speaking to Pro Boxing Fans, Rahman, who did face Lewis and famously scored one of boxing’s biggest upset wins, was asked about what would happen should former champions Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua ever come together in the ring and he didn’t hold out much hope they ever will.
“I don’t believe that’s going to happen. I believe it’s the modern-day Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe, it’s never going to happen. People talk about it forever but it’ll never happen.”
The boxing world will very much hope Rahman, who recently named his favourite ever win, has got this wrong. Next up for the big hitters is a coming together on the same huge Day of Reckoning card on December 23 in Saudi Arabia where Joshua faces Otto Wallin and Wilder has to contend with Joseph Parker.
There are rumblings that should both men win, they might fight each other at some point in 2024.