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Hasim Rahman Jr hopes to repeat father's heavyweight title triumph

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-08-16 13:44:03

Hasim Rahman Jr tells Sky Sports about living up to his family name, assesses the threat of Anthony Joshua, and hopes to shock the heavyweight scene again.

"There's something in the blood, there's something in my genes, there's something about me. I cannot stay away from the sport, I love it," said Rahman Jr, when explaining why he committed himself to the unforgiving sport of boxing, despite the concerns of his father.

Hasim Snr famously knocked the boxing world off its axis when his sledgehammer right hand separated Lennox Lewis from his senses, and his world heavyweight titles to spark wild celebrations in the American's corner on a sweat-filled night in South Africa.

The new king's reign was ended by Lewis in a rematch, and even though he would gain another version of a world crown, the former street enforcer from Baltimore had seen enough in his 62-fight career to know that his son should seek financial reward elsewhere.

And yet Hasim Jr would still lace up the gloves, seeking guidance from famed trainer Emmanuel Steward as a youngster, and has honed a rare switch-hitting style in the top division to avoid the risk of trading too many shots with the biggest punchers of them all.

Approval has been earned from his Dad, who now offers his own hard-earned advice to Hasim Jr and younger sibling Sharif, a young cruiserweight, as they enter early stages of their professional careers.

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"There's things that average fighters do, there's things that above average fighters do, and then there's things that champions do," said Hasim Jr, who holds a five-fight unbeaten record.

"He's doing his best to instil in me championship habits from the beginning, me and my brother Sharif. He's doing his best to prepare us for the championship level now."

At the age of nine, Hasim Jr had greeted news of the Rahman-Lewis fight with one overriding emotion, fear.

"As a kid, I'm knowing already, I know Lennox is the man," he recalls.

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