Former world heavyweight champion Hasim ‘The Rock’ Rahman has agreed to join the upcoming Super-8 tournament to be held in Auckland, New Zealand on June 4.
The 41 year-old veteran has been out of the ring since losing miserably to Alexander Povetkin in a WBA title challenge in September 2012, and will now attempt to get his career back on track with victory in the big-money event.
Briton Michael Sprott, Irishman Martin Rogan and home fighter Kali Meehan have already confirmed their participation for the summer, with Rahman’s addition leaving four spots open.
Super 8 will be a super-charged boxing event consisting of 8 world class fighters competing for a prize pool of £250,000 on one evening. Super 8 will become a regular feature in New Zealand and the world’s professional boxing landscape.
The Super 8 format will be similar to the UK “Prizefigher” however the big difference this time is the prize money on offer with over £100,000 to the winner and £50,000 to the runner up. In total there is over £250,000 up for grabs on the night to include a guaranteed £7,500 to all contestants for their first fights and also includes KO win bonuses.
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