Alexander Povetkin won't be fighting Hasim Rahman on July 14. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Former world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman has withdrawn from his July 14 fight with Alexander Povetkin, citing a hand injury suffered in training.
This eliminates what was frankly an absurd world title fight from the schedule, and while it may be rescheduled for later on down the line, one hopes the WBA will do a boxing special and brush this all under the rug and forget they ever made the ridiculous decision to name Rahman, now 39 and seven years removed from his last good win, a mandatory challenger.
Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KO) had no business in this fight to begin with, and it only served to further make a mockery of the "title reign" of Povetkin (24-0, 16 KO). Povetkin should really go ahead and schedule another fight, and the WBA shouldn't give him any grief over it, and the world should just go ahead and forget this almost happened, is pretty much where I'm at.