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Rahman to honor faith with visit to Mecca

Updated: May 10, 2001, 6:20 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman will make a pilgrimage to Mecca before it's decided who he will face in his first title defense.

Rahman, a devout Muslim, was expected to announce his next bout this week. Instead, he will leave this weekend for Saudi Arabia, Rahman promoter Cedric Kushner said Thursday.

"He comes from a very religious upbringing in the Muslim faith," Kushner said. "No decision has been rendered on the fight. The pendulum swings back and forth."

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