Friday, August 17, 2012
Rahman Feels Disrespected In Press Tour for September 29 Title Bout Against Povetkin!
(Photo by Wilhelm Springer)
It could be where the bout is being held. It could be because he is simply the mandatory challenger and not being promoted by the promotional company putting on the bout and no one really understands how he got to be the mandatory challenger in the first place. Or, it could be that being a former undisputed heavyweight champion doesn't carry as much weight as it used to.
Whatever the reason, former undisputed World Heavyweight champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman says he feels truly disrespected during the promotional tour leading up to his Saturday, September 29 title bid against WBA titleholder Alexander Povetkin in Hamburg, Germany.
Rahman didn't have a lot to say at a press conference held in Hamburg on Thursday. However, he said enough to let his displeasure be known.
"Obviously, I am not being respected over here. For that, I will punish Povetkin inside the ring and take revenge. This is all I have got to say," Rahman commented. The Baltimore, MD native gave very few interviews after the conference was over.
Povetkin came to the conference with a brand new trainer -- former world champion Kostya Tszyu replaces Teddy Atlas in Povetkin's corner.