The only saving grace is that it didn't take long. Former world heavyweight champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman has been stopped in the second round today in his WBA title bid against Alexander Povetkin in Hamburg, Germany.
The undefeated Povetkin rocked Rahman with his very first punch and it went downhill from there for Rahman, the native of Baltimore, MD. Rahman was never knocked down, but in the second round, Povetkin hit him with enough brutal shots to force referee Gustavo Padilla to stop the contest at 1:46 of the round.
Rahman entered the ring close to 30 pounds heavier than Povetkin and he also entered the ring without his trainer, former world light heavyweight champ Eddie Mustafa Muhammad who had visa issues. Quite frankly on this night, Rahman could have had Muhammad, Angelo Dundee, Gil Clancy and Eddie Futch working the corner and it wouldn't have changed the outcome.
Rahman's record is now 50-8-2, 41 KO's and we hope his record stays there. Povetkin is now 25-0, 17 KO's.