Hasim Rahman Jr returns Saturday

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Hasim Rahman Jr (8-0, 4 KO), son of the former lineal heavyweight champion bearing the same name, faces Lance Gauch (8-11-3,4 KO) at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie, MD on Saturday, November 16.

The bout will be Rahman's third of the year.

At 28 and hailing from Baltimore, MD, Rahman Jr is looking to establish himself as one of the heavyweight division's up-and-coming lions.

"There's something in the blood, there's something in my genes, there's something about me," the younger Rahman told Sky Sports in April 2018.

"I cannot stay away from the sport, I love it."

"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, along with his cruiserweight younger brother, is being guided by his father.

"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."

"I'm no longer being introduced as someone's son. I'm starting to be introduced as an undefeated young heavyweight in the division that's hungry. I'm liking that.

Rahman turned pro in April 2017 and is 6′ 3″/191cm.

The elder Rahman competed as a heavyweight from 1994 to 2014 and 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.

Rahman Sr 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. 

Junior's opponent, Lance Gauch, hasn't fought since April 29, 2017 but is unbeaten in his last 4 bouts (3-0-1, 1 KO).

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