Las Vegas Hasim Rahman sees himself hitting the jackpot again.
Lennox Lewis believes he will reclaim the WBC and IBF heavyweight titles he lost on a one-punch knockout April 22 in South Africa.
Lewis keeps calling the right-hand blow that knocked him out a lottery punch, and contends Rahman can't do it again.
"I just want to go out there and outbox him, show him a superior boxer," said Lewis, who aims to become a champion for a third time.
"I feel like I'm supposed to knock him out," the 29-year-old Rahman said.
The 36-year-old Lewis is a 7-2 favorite to win the rematch tonight in the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The HBO Pay-Per-View telecast will begin at 8 p.m., and the main event is expected to start about 11 p.m.
Each fighter is to make a minimum of $10 million.
Lewis admits he should have taken Rahman more seriously in the first fight. This time, Lewis says, he's much better prepared mentally and physically.
In South Africa, the 6-foot-5 Lewis weighed a career-high 253 pounds. On Thursday, he weighed in at 246 1/2. Rahman, 238 for the first fight, weighed in at 236.
It's Lewis' lowest weight since he was 246 for his draw with Evander Holyfield on March 13, 1999. It's the lowest Rahman has been since he weighed 234 when he was knocked out in the eighth round by Oleg Maskaev on Nov. 6, 1999.
Both fighters could be several pounds heavier by the time they enter the ring, however.
In the first fight, Lewis loaded up with his right hand early in a bid for a quick knockout. This time, he's expected to use his left jab more. When he throws his right, it often could be an uppercut.
While Lewis talks about outboxing Rahman, perhaps winning a decision, he knows a knockout victory would do more to help polish a reputation sullied by two one-punch knockouts.
Lewis (38-2-1, with 29 knockouts) also was knocked down by a single right hand and stopped by Oliver McCall in the second round of a WBC title fight Sept. 24, 1994.
"My jab is as strong as Lennox's," said Rahman, who doubts Lewis can control the fight with his jab. "I can outbox him if he takes that route and backs up. If he comes forward, I'll knock him out."
Like Lewis, both of Rahman's defeats have come inside the scheduled distance. Rahman was stopped in the 10th round on Dec. 19, 1998, by David Tua, who hit him with a left hook after the bell ending the ninth round.
Lewis does have a victory of sorts over Rahman, who had wanted another match before fighting him again. The ex-champion from Britain went to court and got a ruling to force an immediate rematch.
After winning the title, Rahman signed a multifight deal with Don King.
"I haven't had any fights with him yet," Rahman said of the flamboyant King. "He's been promoting big fights better than anyone else."
Lewis, who has a multifight deal with HBO, signed with King for this fight only.
"I remember saying a long time ago I'd never fight for Don King, but here I am working for him," Lewis said.
Rahman, of Abingdon, Md., is not contracted to any television network beyond tonight's fight. In other televised fights, former WBA champion William Joppy of Silver Spring, Md., will box Howard Eastman of England in a 12-round middleweight bout; Friday Ahunanya of Las Vegas will fight Sergei Liakhovich of Phoenix in a 12-round heavyweight match, and Christy Martin of Orlando, Fla., will meet Lisa Holewyne of Austin, Texas, in a 10-round women's bout.
In a non-televised 10-round heavyweight match, Oliver McCall will fight Henry Akinwande of Orlando.