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Ho-hum Hasim going through the motions against Klitschko

If Hasim Rahman can't get up for a crack at the heavyweight title, why should boxing fans be any more enthused? Brian Doogan wonders if Rahman is taking Saturday's challenge against Wladimir Klitschko seriously.

Originally Published: December 11, 2008
By Brian Doogan | Special to ESPN.com

MANNHEIM, Germany -- Even as they banged the worn-out drum at a German industrial estate, Hasim Rahman struggled to stay awake.

"I'm a little sleepy right now," he said, having arrived only a few hours earlier on an overnight flight from New York. "Wladimir Klitschko is extremely strong and quick and I have to be ready to take punishment and to dish it out. I'm looking forward to putting on a good performance. It will be a great fight."

The sentiment was expressed without enthusiasm ...

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