‘Just another case of a professional boxer like Tommy Fury being scared’: Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr’s clash at Madison Square Garden is CANCELED as YouTuber reveals next week’s opponent had to pull out because he could not make the weight
- Jake Paul will not fight Hasim Rahman Jr next Saturday after the bout was pulled
- The YouTuber’s matchup with Tommy Fury was canceled first and now this
- Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions cited issues with Rahman Jr’s weight
- Paul hit out at ‘unprofessional’ boxers and said sorry to fans and other fighters
Jake Paul and and Hasim Rahman Jr’s showdown next week has been canceled with the former YouTuber claiming it was ‘clear as day’ that his opponent did not want to face him in the ring.
The fight which was due to take place at Madison Square Garden on August 6, was canceled on Saturday night due to an issue with Rahman’s weight.
Paul’s promotion team, Most Valuable Promotions, announced the news on Saturday night as they said they could not work with someone who was conducting themselves in ‘such a deceiving and calculated manner’.
The former YouTuber later took to social media to claim that Rahman, like Tommy Fury, was scared to face him in the ring.
‘First Tommy Fumbled and now Hasim Rahman Crumbled,’ Paul wrote on Twitter Saturday night.
The bout was called off over a disagreement about Rahman’s weight. According to Paul’s promotion company, Rahman had lost less than one pound than he had initially agreed to for the fight – which was supposed to take place at a max of 200 pounds.
‘These boxers are the most difficult people to work with and continually lack professionalism and confidence to fight me. I apologize to all of the of the other fighters on the card, our partners, our team and the fans.’
Jake Paul (left) and Hasim Rahman Jr (right) were set to do battle at Madison Square Garden
But the showdown was cancelled Saturday night due to issues over Rahman Jr’s weight
Paul took to Twitter to call out Rahman for his ‘lack of professionalism’ and apologize to fans
Rahman weighed 216 pounds on July 7 and had reportedly offered assurance to Paul’s team that he was on track to make weight at the weigh in on August 5.
However, Paul’s camp claim that it ‘became clear that these assurances were not made in good faith’.
Paul had originally not wanted to go above 205 lbs. but after Rahman weighed less than one pound less on Friday than he had on July 7 the New York State Athletic Commission said it would not sanction the fight at less than 205 lbs.
Rahman had reportedly offered assurance to Paul’s team that he was on track to make weight
The former YouTuber’s team claimed Paul was willing to move forward with the fight at a 205 lbs. limit but Rahman’s team indicated they wanted the fight to take place at 215 lbs.
Paul and his promotion team said they were not willing to work with someone who was conducting themselves in ‘such a deceiving and calculated manner’ and cancelled the fight.
Paul called an ’emergency press conference’ as he posted a video to his Twitter account where he branded Rahman ‘unprofessional’, before immediately changing his bio to read: ‘Hasim Rahman Jr and Tommy Fury were both too afraid to fight me and I’m not the “real boxer”… lololol.’
Paul swiftly changed his bio to claim that Rahman and Tommy Fury were to scared to fight him
‘Alrighty folks, emergency press conference,’ he said. ‘You may have seen the news Hasim Rahman Jr. has pulled out of the fight this is not a joke.
‘I am devastated. I cannot f*****g believe this. We just found out this news.
‘This is just another case of a professional boxer just like Tommy Fury being scared to fight me. It’s as clear as day that these guys have been so unprofessional to work with, looking for any excuse to such more money out of this event. To coerce us into doing things.
‘And from the jump I knew from the bottom of my heart that this guys didn’t want to get into the ring with me it’s as clear as day.’
FULL STATEMENT BY JAKE PAUL’S MOST VALUABLE PROMOTIONS
A statement by Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions read: ‘On July 5, Hasim Rahman, Jr. signed a bout agreement to fight Jake Paul on August 6th at Madison Square Garden at a maximum weight of 200 lbs.
‘At the time of signing Rahman provided evidence of his weight to give comfort to Most Valuable Promotions and the New York State Athletic Commission that he would not be losing more than 10 percent of his weight over the four weeks leading up to the fight. Since weighing in at 216 lbs on July 7, Rahman and his camp have offered assurance after assurance publicly and privately that he was on track to make weight at the weigh-in on August 5, going as far as to provide a letter signed by a recognized nutritionist that his weight cut was progressing without issue per New York State Athletic Commission’s required weekly weight checks.
‘In the last 48 hours, it has become clear that these assurances were not made in good faith.
‘On Friday, Rahman submitted a weight check to the New York State Athletic Commission that demonstrated he had lost less than one pound since originally signing to take the fight 24 days prior.
‘This prompted the Commission to declare that it would not sanction the fight at less than 205 lbs. Still, Jake Paul was prepared to move forward with the fight at this new weight and a new contract was sent to Rahman’s promoter reflecting a 205 lbs. limit, imposing strict penalties should he fail to make weight.
‘Upon receiving this new contract Saturday morning, Rahman’s camp indicated for the very first time that he planned to weigh 215 lbs. at the official weigh-in and would not agree to weigh-in at 205 pounds and informing Most Valuable Promotions that they are pulling out of the fight unless the fight was agreed to at 215 pounds.
‘MVP and Jake Paul will not reward someone that has conducted themselves in such a deceiving and calculated manner.
‘Therefore, MVP is left with no choice but to cancel the August 6 event. This forced outcome impacts Jake Paul, Amanda Serrano and every other fighter on this card who have trained tirelessly over the past few months for this event. The boxing community must hold Hasim Rahman Jr. liable for his lack of professionalism.
‘There has been endless work, time, and money put into building this event and we want to thank our team, Showtime, Madison Square Garden, Holden Boxing and all of our partners for their continued support. Above everything we want to thank our fans for their commitment to the athletes and the sport of boxing.’
Paul was initially supposed to face off against Tommy Fury, younger brother of Tyson Fury.
But that clash was also called off earlier this month when Fury had to pull out due to a visa issue that saw him turned away from the airport.
Paul grew frustrated with Fury after he pulled out of their fight for the second time, claiming that the 23-year-old needs the fight.
He even threatened to sue Fury after his dad, John Fury, mentioned he ‘wasn’t exactly in training.’
Paul tweeted: ‘I should sue this fool. Own dad exposes why he pulled out a second time.’
Rahman was then supposed to replace Fury and would have been the best fighter the YouTuber-turned-boxer has faced.