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With Povetkin out, Rahman signs to challenge heavyweight champ W. Klitschko

Updated: November 4, 2008, 1:32 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

When heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin tore a ligament in his foot last week and withdrew from a Dec. 13 fight against unified titleholder Wladimir Klitschko, the hunt was on for a new opponent.

All along the leading candidate was former champion Hasim Rahman, and Monday night the deal was signed after several days of hard negotiating.

Rahman, a former two-time titleholder, will take Povetkin's place and challenge Klitschko at the SAP Arena in Manheim, Germany. ...

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