RAHMAN SLOWLY GAINING SUPPORT AT PALMS

November 16, 2001 11:56 PM
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The Palms Race and Sports Book has listed WBC and IBF heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman as a $2.30 underdog to defend his title Saturday night.

Rahman faces former champ Lennox Lewis in a 12-round bout at Mandalay Bay. Lewis, who lost to Rahman in a fifth-round knockout last April, was a $3.50 favorite at Mandalay Bay prior to Thursday's weight-in.

The Palms listed Lewis as a $2.90 favorite to regain the titles. The fight is listed at minus $1.60 that it will not last eight full rounds. The price is plus $1.30 for reaching the ninth round.

The Palms lists a Rahman win by decision at 8-1 and by knockout at 7-2. A Lewis win by decision is 5-2 and by knockout 5-6. The odds are 25-1 for a draw.