We debut our #WNSTSweet16 list with the Greatest Local Sports debuts

January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

11. Hasim Rahman knocks out Lennox Lewis in first career title fight (April 22, 2001)

Many casual Baltimore sports fans were likely unaware that a Baltimore native was fighting for the Heavyweight title in South Africa just months after the Ravens won their first Super Bowl title. The fight was not the debut for Rahman in a ring, instead his debut in a title fight of any sort. Before that point, Rahman’s most significant fights came against the likes of David Tua, Corrie Sanders, Trevor Berbick and Oleg Maskaev. Winning the title (and beating arguably the last significant champion) in such unlikely fashion turned a relative unknown into (briefly) an international sensation.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Doug in Ellicott City Says:

    Fun list…interesting insight. Greatest debut in Baltimore history has to be Frank Robinson in 1966. Joe Altobelli didn’t do so bad, either. Two other Orioles debut seasons that come to mind are Mighty Mike Young (’84 & ’85?) and Jim Traber in the summer of ’86.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    I was at many of those events and I was lucky to be born here in 1958 and grow up with the Orioles and Colts in their prime. I have to totally agree with Frank being number one.
    I was a Jr Oriole in 66 attending many games with my late father. Frank turned this town on its ear and provided baseball with a season for the ages. His 6 years here was the Oriole way!

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