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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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