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Rahman: King Has ‘Best Deal’

May 13, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Hasim Rahman, the new IBF and WBC heavyweight champion, said he signed with promoter Don King because ``he gave me the best deal.″

Rahman made the comment during an interview with James Brown on TVKO at the William Joppy-Felix Trinidad fight Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

Rahman is managed by Steve Nelson and Dan Hoffman, who also manage Joppy. Rahman’s fifth-round knockout of Lennox Lewis on April 22 in South Africa was promoted by Cedric Kushner, who contends he still has a contract with Rahman.

``If mom had let me play football, I wouldn’t be in all this,″ Rahman said about the controversies surrounding his contracts.

Lewis wants a rematch with Rahman, and Mike Tyson also wants to fight the new champion, but Rahman said he controls his own future.

``They won’t force me just because they threaten to take me to court,″ Rahman said. ``They’re not the champions anymore, They can’t bully me.″

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