Hasim Sharif Rahman (born November 7, 1972) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1994 to 2014. He is a two-time world heavyweight champion, having held the unified WBC, IBF, IBO and lineal titles in 2001; and the WBC title again from 2005 to 2006. He was ranked as a top 10 heavyweight by BoxRec from 2000 to 2007, and reached his highest ranking of world No.6 in 2000.[1]

Hasim Rahman
Rahman in 2008
Hasim Shariff Rahman

(1972-11-07) November 7, 1972 (age 51)
Other namesThe Rock
Height6 ft 2+12 in (189 cm)
Reach82 in (208 cm)
Boxing record
Total fights62
Wins by KO41
No contests1

Rahman first became known on the world stage in 2001 when he scored an upset knockout victory against Lennox Lewis to win the unified heavyweight championship. Lewis avenged the loss and regained his championship by knocking out Rahman in a rematch later that year. Rahman won the WBC title (initially the interim version) for a second time in 2005 by defeating Monte Barrett, after which the WBC elevated him to full champion status by the year's end. His reign as champion ended in 2006 via another knockout loss, this time to Oleg Maskaev in a rematch of their first fight in 1999.

Professional career


1994–1997: prospect


Rahman started boxing at a relatively late age, taking up the sport at the age of 20. He had just 10 amateur bouts before making his pro debut on December 3, 1994, at age 22. Rahman tried to compensate on his lack of amateur background by being busy in the pros, sometimes fighting within five days from the previous bout. Rahman had nine professional fights in 1995, and eleven in 1996.

Rahman had obvious natural boxing skills that propelled him to 11 knockout wins in his first 12 fights. He took a step up in class in March 1996 with a 10-round decision win over veteran Ross Puritty and seven months later, he repeated the feat against former world champion Trevor Berbick.[2][3] In July 1997, he won the regional USBA heavyweight title, and four months later, he added another regional belt, the IBF Intercontinental heavyweight title, defending the USBA title three times and the Intercontinental belt twice.

1998–2000: heavyweight title contention


On December 19, 1998, Rahman faced fellow contender David Tua in a fight to determine the IBF's mandatory contender. Rahman was using his power jab well, out boxing Tua virtually every round. At the end of the 9th round Tua staggered Rahman with a devastating punch after the bell that dazed him. At the beginning of the next round Tua hit him with several heavy shots and the referee jumped in when Rahman was bobbing and weaving. Tua won by TKO. It was argued that it should have been a DQ.[4]

Because of the controversial nature of the loss, Rahman's ranking did not suffer, but in November 1999, he was knocked out by Oleg Maskaev in the eighth round of a fight he looked to be winning. At one point during the match, Rahman was knocked through the ropes onto the floor, hitting his head on the floor. Rahman dropped out of The Ring top 10 as a result of the surprise loss.[5] Rahman later said that he had seen Maskaev earlier in his career get knocked out in the first round by former champion Oliver McCall and he assumed he was brought in as an easy win. Rahman claimed that because of this, he did not train as hard as he should have and was beaten.

2001: first world title and Lewis rivalry

Rahman in 2001

Rahman came back with three wins, including one in May 2000 over Corrie Sanders in a war in which he was dropped twice and came back to win in 7, and after that he was moved back up in the rankings. After this fight, Sanders briefly retired.[6] Finally, on April 22, 2001, Rahman earned a shot at Lennox Lewis the WBC, IBO and IBF heavyweight champion with a win over Frankie Swindell.[7] Rahman beat Swindell via 7th-round RTD. Swindell quit on his stool after the 7th round, informing the ringside doctor that he had suffered an eye injury.[8]

In the fight, held at Brakpan, South Africa, Lewis and Rahman traded hard blows for five rounds before Rahman, a 20-to-1 underdog, stunned the crowd by defeating Lewis via 5th-round KO. It was only the second loss of Lewis' career.[9][10] His first was on September 24, 1994, when Oliver McCall defeated him via 2nd-round TKO.

Lewis had an immediate-rematch clause in the contract for his defense against Hasim, and chose to invoke it. Rahman and his new promoter, Don King, made plans to defend the titles against David Izon, rather than giving Lewis his rematch.[11][12] Lewis sued Rahman in U.S. federal court to enforce their contract. The judge, Neil McCluskey sided with Lewis and on November 17, 2001, in Las Vegas, the two men met again.[13] This time, Lewis brutally knocked Rahman out in the fourth round. For the rematch, Lewis made $11 million and Rahman got $10 million. The fight generated 460,000 pay-per-view buys and $23 million in revenue.[14][15][16]

2002–2004: comeback


Rahman's comeback fight ended in disappointment, he was beaten by a technical decision by aging former champion Evander Holyfield after headbutts from Holyfield caused a massive swelling (severe hematoma) on Rahman's forehead.[17][18]

On March 29, 2003, Rahman faced David Tua for a second time. The fight was ruled a draw after one judge scored it for Rahman, a second for Tua and a third had the score even. Tua was knocked down a split second after the bell rang and it was not ruled an official knockdown. Rahman came in at the heaviest weight of his career. In June, Rahman was elevated to the No. 1 contender's position by the WBC.[19]

On December 13, Rahman was matched with former WBA world champion John Ruiz, in a match for an Interim WBA heavyweight title (caused by Roy Jones Jr. deciding whether he wanted to stay a heavyweight or return to Light Heavyweight). Rahman was favored, but he lost by (twelve round) unanimous decision and again was out of condition. Ruiz, who became interim titleholder with this victory, was upgraded to WBA heavyweight champion after Roy Jones Jr. vacated the title on February 20, 2004, choosing to fight Antonio Tarver for the WBC and IBO light heavyweight titles (already in 2003), rather than Ruiz.[20]

After this defeat, Rahman stepped back to a lower level of competition and defeated four journeyman fighters while working to get back into shape. His efforts paid off when he was rewarded with a fight against Kali Meehan on November 13, 2004. The fight was an elimination bout for the IBF, WBA, and WBC, with the winner being the number-one contender in more than one world-title organization. Rahman scored the victory by a fourth-round knockout at New York City's Madison Square Garden.[21]

2005: second world title and Vitali Klitschko fight cancellation


The WBC designated Rahman as Vitali Klitschko's next mandatory challenger; the fight was set for April 30, 2005. Klitschko injured his thigh while training for the fight, so it was rescheduled for June 18. As this date approached, Klitschko's camp said that the thigh had not fully healed; the WBC made July 23 the new fight date. Soon after this second postponement, Vitali's doctors reportedly discovered back injuries that they said demanded minor-yet-immediate corrective surgery. The WBC pushed Rahman's title shot back again, this time to November 12; Rahman's share of the purse following this match would reportedly be around US$4.2 million.[22]

After this third rescheduling, Rahman, fought for a WBC "Interim" heavyweight championship and defeated Monte Barrett on August 13, 2005, via unanimous decision.

At this point, Klitschko would be stripped of his WBC title if his first fight back was not against Rahman. On November 7, it was announced that Klitschko had suffered severe right knee injuries during training; the WBC said it would strip him of the championship if he was unable to box within 60–90 days of a soon-to-be-announced base date. However, on November 9, Vitali Klitschko retired instead.[23] On November 10, 2005, the WBC voted to award its heavyweight championship to Rahman, making Rahman a two-time heavyweight champion.[24]

On December 9, 2005, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge ended Rahman's contract with Don King and he signed instead with Top Rank Boxing.[25]

2006: title fights vs. Toney, Maskaev


On March 18, 2006, Rahman fought James Toney to a draw, in a 12-round fight in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and he retained the WBC heavyweight title. The judges scorecards read 114-114, 117-111 and 114-114. Judges Tom Kaczmarek and Nobuaki Uratani had Toney leading by one point heading into the 12th. Rahman only retained the title by winning the final round.[26]

Rahman reached his peak rankings in 2006. The April 2006 issue of the Ring ranked him the #2 heavyweight in the world after IBF champion Chris Byrd.[27] BoxRec retroactively ranked him #4 that year, below Nikolai Valuev, Lamon Brewster, and Chris Byrd.[28]

On August 12, 2006, Rahman lost the WBC heavyweight championship to rival Oleg Maskaev by 12th Round TKO in a mandatory defense of his title. Rahman led on the judges' scorecards for most of the close fight, with the three judges respectively scoring it 106-103 for Rahman, 103-106 for Maskaev, and 105-104 for Rahman going into 12th round; Rahman landed 250 punches throughout the bout (47% accuracy) to Maskaev's 184 (28% accuracy).[29] However, Rahman was knocked down early in the 12th and eventually stumbled to the mat. Rahman was then holding on to the ropes to stay on his feet. Maskaev landed a flurry of punches with Rahman unable to defend himself. The referee stopped the bout to save Rahman from further punishment. Afterwards he said he should have followed his trainer's game plan by staying cautious in the last round to win on points, instead of rushing Maskaev, mistakenly thinking him too tired to fight back.[30]

2007: second comeback

Rahman during training, 2008

After a 10-month layoff, Rahman resumed his career with a ten-round unanimous decision over Taurus Sykes June 14, 2007, at The Main Street Armory in Rochester, New York.[31][32] Rahman then fought three times in three months defeating Dicky Ryan by second-round TKO on September 7, 2007. Hasim followed up by stopping Cerrone Fox on October 18, 2007. On November 15, 2007, Rahman then scored a 10th-round TKO for the NABF title against Zuri Lawrence. In this fight, Lawrence fell through the ropes on two occasions whilst ducking punches, once in round six and again in round nine. In round six, he landed on the floor below the ring, but beat the referee's 20-count. He received a standing ovation from the crowd when he re-entered the ring.[33]

2008: Rahman vs. Toney II, Wladimir Klitschko


Going into 2008, the 35 year old Rahman was still considered a potent fighter. He held the NABF continental title and was ranked #4 by the IBF and #8 by the WBO. BoxRec retroactively ranked him the world's 8th best heavyweight in 2007.[28] However, his two fights in that year would both end in defeat.

On July 16, 2008, Rahman was stopped by an accidental headbutt against James Toney. Toney was originally awarded a TKO victory as the referee declared Rahman had quit between rounds. A week later, the TKO victory was overturned and changed to a No Contest due to the headbutt. After three rounds, Toney was ahead on 29–28 on two of the judges cards while Rahman was ahead, 29–28 on the third card.[34][35][36]

Rahman lost to Wladimir Klitschko by TKO in the 7th round on December 13, 2008, for his WBO, IBO & IBF titles. Klitschko dominated the fight, winning every round while making good use of his left jab. Rahman seemed unable to withstand the Ukrainian's punch power. The referee called a stop to the contest in the 7th round after Rahman failed to respond to a series of shots, having been knocked down in the sixth round and left visibly disoriented.[37][38][39] At the time of the stoppage, Klitschko was leading on all three judges scorecards, respectively 60–53, 60–53, and 60–47; Klitschko landed 178 punches (48% accuracy) to Rahman's 30 (14% accuracy), a nearly six-fold disparity.[40]

2009–2011: layoff and third comeback


In an interview dated February 26, 2009, with DreamFighters.com, Rahman expressed his interest in crossing over into mixed martial arts.[41]

Fifteen months after the seventh round loss to Wladimir Klitschko in December 2008, Rahman made a comeback against 43-year-old journeyman Clinton Boldridge winning the fight via TKO 1. Rahman next fought on June 19, 2010, against journeyman Shannon Miller (16–4, 9 KO) in a match that took in the Niagara Falls Conference Centre, Niagara Falls, New York, United States. Rahman came into the ring at 260 pounds and won the bout by TKO in the 4th round, after sending Miller down in each of the four rounds.[42][43] He then won his next three fights (all by knockout), against Damon Reed, Marcus McGee and Galen Brown. His win over Galen Brown marked Rahmans 50th professional win in his career. With this win, he ran his record to 5-0 (all wins via knock out) since his loss to Wladimir Klitschko.

2012: title shot vs. Povetkin


He was elevated to the WBA number one contender to face Alexander Povetkin on September 29, 2012, for the WBA regular heavyweight championship.[44] Povetkin beat Rahman via 2nd-round TKO.[45]

2014: Super 8 Tournament


In yet another attempt to re-enter the heavyweight scene Rahman signed up for the super 8 tournament, an elimination-style event staged in Auckland, New Zealand.[46] But despite holding the tag as tournament favorite the ageing Rahman was outpointed by little-known club fighter Anthony Nansen in the quarter-final on June 4, 2014.

Personal life


Born on November 7, 1972, Rahman was raised in Baltimore, Maryland.[47] He is a practising Muslim and was fasting in the month of Ramadan when he faced Lennox Lewis.[48]

As a teenager, Rahman was an enforcer for drug dealers, and was known for surviving several shootings.[49] He nearly died in a car accident (which left him with permanent scarring on his cheek and ear) and once survived a shooting where five bullets entered his body.[50] In 2001, Rahman and his family were involved in a car accident shortly after a celebration at City Hall. Rahman sustained no serious injuries and received no medical assistance, while his wife, Crystal, was hospitalized.[51]

Rahman has a son, Hasim Rahman Jr., who is a professional boxer as well.[52]

Professional boxing record

62 fights 50 wins 9 losses
By knockout 41 6
By decision 9 3
Draws 2
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
62 Loss 50–9–2 (1) Anthony Nansen UD 3 Jun 4, 2014 The Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand Super Eight Boxing Tournament I: heavyweight quarter-final
61 Loss 50–8–2 (1) Alexander Povetkin TKO 2 (12), 1:46 Sep 29, 2012 Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany For WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
60 Win 50–7–2 (1) Galen Brown TKO 6 (10), 1:45 Jun 11, 2011 DeSoto Civic Center, Southaven, Mississippi, U.S.
59 Win 49–7–2 (1) Marcus McGee KO 1 (8), 3:00 Oct 2, 2010 Roberto Durán Arena, Panama City, Panama
58 Win 48–7–2 (1) Damon Reed KO 6 (10), 2:20 Aug 14, 2010 Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
57 Win 47–7–2 (1) Shannon Miller TKO 4 (10), 1:37 Jun 19, 2010 The Conference & Event Center, Niagara Falls, New York, U.S.
56 Win 46–7–2 (1) Clinton Boldridge TKO 1 (6), 2:50 Mar 26, 2010 Beaumont Club, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
55 Loss 45–7–2 (1) Wladimir Klitschko TKO 7 (12), 0:44 Dec 13, 2008 SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany For IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles
54 NC 45–6–2 (1) James Toney TKO 3 (12), 3:00 Jul 16, 2008 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S. Vacant WBONABO heavyweight title at stake;
Originally a TKO win for Toney, later ruled an NC after an incorrect referee call
53 Win 45–6–2 Zuri Lawrence TKO 10 (10), 2:20 Nov 15, 2007 Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S. Retained NABF heavyweight title
52 Win 44–6–2 Cerrone Fox TKO 1 (10), 2:27 Oct 18, 2007 Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, U.S.
51 Win 43–6–2 Dicky Ryan TKO 2 (10), 0:41 Sep 7, 2007 Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, U.S.
50 Win 42–6–2 Taurus Sykes UD 10 Jun 14, 2007 Main Street Armory, Rochester, New York, U.S. Won NABF interim heavyweight title
49 Loss 41–6–2 Oleg Maskaev TKO 12 (12), 2:17 Aug 12, 2006 Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC heavyweight title
48 Draw 41–5–2 James Toney MD 12 Mar 18, 2006 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBC heavyweight title
47 Win 41–5–1 Monte Barrett UD 12 Aug 13, 2005 United Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Won vacant WBC interim heavyweight title
46 Win 40–5–1 Kali Meehan RTD 4 (12), 3:00 Nov 13, 2004 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
45 Win 39–5–1 Terrence Lewis KO 2 (10), 0:43 Jul 28, 2004 Frontier Field, Rochester, New York, U.S.
44 Win 38–5–1 Rob Calloway KO 2 (10), 2:00 Jun 17, 2004 Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.
43 Win 37–5–1 Mario Cawley TKO 2 (8), 2:25 Apr 16, 2004 Dover Downs, Dover, Delaware, U.S.
42 Win 36–5–1 Al Cole UD 10 Mar 11, 2004 Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.
41 Loss 35–5–1 John Ruiz UD 12 Dec 13, 2003 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. For WBA interim heavyweight title
40 Draw 35–4–1 David Tua SD 12 Mar 29, 2003 Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
39 Loss 35–4 Evander Holyfield TD 8 (12), 1:19 Jun 1, 2002 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Split TD: Rahman sustained eye swelling after an accidental head clash
38 Loss 35–3 Lennox Lewis KO 4 (12), 1:29 Nov 17, 2001 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC, IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles
37 Win 35–2 Lennox Lewis KO 5 (12), 2:32 Apr 22, 2001 Carnival City, Brakpan, South Africa Won WBC, IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles
36 Win 34–2 Frankie Swindell RTD 7 (10), 3:00 Aug 4, 2000 The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
35 Win 33–2 Corrie Sanders TKO 7 (12), 1:50 May 20, 2000 Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won WBU heavyweight title
34 Win 32–2 Marion Wilson UD 10 Mar 1, 2000 Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland, U.S. Won vacant Maryland State heavyweight title
33 Loss 31–2 Oleg Maskaev KO 8 (10), 0:40 Nov 6, 1999 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
32 Win 31–1 Arthur Weathers KO 1 (10), 1:44 Apr 15, 1999 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
31 Win 30–1 Michael Rush TKO 5 (10), 2:40 Mar 12, 1999 Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S.
30 Loss 29–1 David Tua TKO 10 (12), 0:35 Dec 19, 1998 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S. Lost IBF Inter-Continental and USBA heavyweight titles
29 Win 29–0 Garing Lane RTD 2 (10), 3:00 Jul 9, 1998 Grand Casino Avoyelles, Marksville, Louisiana, U.S.
28 Win 28–0 Steve Pannell KO 2 (12), 1:48 Apr 21, 1998 Players Island Casino, Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S. Retained IBF Inter-Continental and USBA heavyweight titles
27 Win 27–0 Melvin Foster TKO 2 (10) Mar 14, 1998 Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia
26 Win 26–0 Jesse Ferguson UD 12 Jan 31, 1998 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 Tui Toia KO 1 (10), 3:08 Dec 4, 1997 Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York, U.S.
24 Win 24–0 Obed Sullivan MD 12 Nov 1, 1997 Apollo Theater, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained USBA heavyweight title;
Won IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
23 Win 23–0 Jeff Wooden TKO 9 (12), 1:44 Jul 15, 1997 Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York, U.S. Won vacant USBA heavyweight title
22 Win 22–0 Marshall Tillman KO 1 (8), 2:39 Jan 9, 1997 Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
21 Win 21–0 Herman Delgado KO 2 (8), 1:37 Dec 17, 1996 National Guard Armory, Pikesville, Maryland, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 Marcos González KO 1 (10) Dec 3, 1996 Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England
19 Win 19–0 Brian Sargent TKO 1 (8), 1:24 Nov 8, 1996 Arizona Charlie's Decatur, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Trevor Berbick UD 10 Oct 15, 1996 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Mark Young TKO 3 (8) Aug 8, 1996 Sudduth Coliseum, Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 Martin Foster KO 2 (10), 0:57 Jun 9, 1996 Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Tim Knight TKO 4 (8), 2:43 Jun 4, 1996 Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Steve Edwards TKO 2 (6), 2:34 May 3, 1996 The MARK of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Ross Puritty UD 10 Mar 26, 1996 Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Mike Mitchell KO 1 (8), 1:07 Mar 9, 1996 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Bradley Rone TKO 1 (6), 2:27 Feb 9, 1996 Tropworld Casino and Entertainment Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Mike Robinson KO 1 (6) Dec 13, 1995 Tropworld Casino and Entertainment Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 James Johnson TKO 3 (6) Oct 10, 1995 Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Matt Green TKO 2 (6) Sep 12, 1995 Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Carl McGrew TKO 1 (6) Aug 26, 1995 Bismarck Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Larry Davis TKO 2 (6) Jul 13, 1995 Martin's Crosswinds, Greenbelt, Maryland, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Eric Valentine KO 1 (4) Jun 6, 1995 Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Jeff Williams MD 4 Mar 28, 1995 Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Dennis Cain TKO 2 (4), 2:22 Jan 11, 1995 Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Robert Jackson TKO 1 (4) Jan 6, 1995 Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Gregory Herrington KO 1 (4), 1:35 Dec 3, 1994 Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.


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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Lou Savarese
USBA heavyweight champion
July 15, 1997 – December 19, 1998
Succeeded by
Preceded by IBF Inter-Continental
heavyweight champion

November 1, 1997 – December 19, 1998
Title last held by
George Chaplin
Maryland heavyweight champion
March 1, 2000 – January 2006
Title next held by
Tony Thompson
Title last held by
Eliecer Castillo
NABF heavyweight champion
Interim title

June 14, 2007 – November 15, 2007
Won full title
Title next held by
Travis Walker
Title last held by
Samuel Peter
NABF heavyweight champion
November 15, 2007 – July 2008
Title next held by
Chris Arreola
Minor world boxing titles
Preceded by WBU heavyweight champion
May 20, 2000 – April 2001
Title next held by
Johnny Nelson
Preceded by IBO heavyweight champion
April 22, 2001November 17, 2001
Succeeded by
Lennox Lewis
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Lennox Lewis
WBC heavyweight champion
April 22, 2001 – November 17, 2001
Succeeded by
Lennox Lewis
IBF heavyweight champion
April 22, 2001 – November 17, 2001
New title WBC heavyweight champion
Interim title

August 13, 2005 – November 9, 2005
Title next held by
Samuel Peter
Preceded by WBC heavyweight champion
November 9, 2005 – August 12, 2006
Succeeded by
José Luis Castillo
MD12 Stevie Johnston
The Ring Upset of the Year
KO5 Lennox Lewis

Juan Carlos Rubio
UD10 Francisco Bojado