Jacques-Paul says he knew it would happen from the jump.
According to the most interesting promotions, Hasim Rahman Jr. deceived the promotion, the commission and Paul about his weight. After Rahman Jr. demanded the fight be moved from cruiserweight (200 pounds) to a contract weight of 215 pounds, the promotion canceled the fight — and the entire Aug. 6 event scheduled for Madison Square Garden in New York City.
While Paul initially posted a brief written comment, he did a deeper dive in a pair of videos uploaded to social media. The videos served as a two-part explanation of what happened and why the event was ultimately canceled.
“It’s just another case of being a professional boxer, just like Tommy Fury is scared to fight me,” Paul said. “It’s clear as day that these guys have been so unprofessional to work with, looking for an excuse to suck more money out of this event, to coerce us into doing things. From the jump I knew deep down in my heart that this guy didn’t want to get in there with me. It’s as clear as day.
Paul echoed much of what his promotion’s initial press release, Most Valuable Promotions said. He claimed that Rahman Jr. never intended to make weight, but when the pressure got to him, he used it as an excuse to back down.
“Biggest payday of his life times 10 and he’s fumbling,” Paul said. “For what reason? Because he knows he’s going to get knocked out by me. The pressure is starting to set in. That’s exactly what’s happening with all these guys. Same shit with Tommy Fury. I don’t care. have enough.”
Paul concluded with an apology to the rest of the fighters scheduled to compete on the card, especially Amanda Serrano and Ashton Sylve.
—Jake Paul (@jakepaul) July 31, 2022
You can read a transcript of Paul’s full explanation below:
“Okay, guys. Emergency press conference. You may have seen the news. Hasim Rahman Jr. has pulled out of the fight. This is no joke. I’m devastated. I can’t not believe that. We just heard this news. It’s just another case of a professional boxer, just like Tommy Fury being afraid to fight me. It’s clear as day that these guys have been so unprofessional with who working, looking for an excuse to suck more money out of this event, to coerce us into doing things. From the jump, I knew deep in my heart that this guy didn’t want to get in there with me. C It’s clear as day. Here’s what happened, long story short. So he signed a contract to fight me at 200 pounds and was going to cut the weight to 200 pounds. That’s not a big cut for him He’s a big guy with a ton of weight to lose He sent the commission a video the first time he weighed in, at 216 pounds The commission wanted tracking his weight loss to make sure he was doing it in a healthy way. Three weeks later, the commission asked her for an update on her weight. He sends in a video, weighing 215 pounds – meaning in three weeks he’s only lost a pound. So the commission was like, ‘Hey, man. You are not cutting the weight correctly. We don’t want you to lose everything on the last day. We’re going to have to change this fight to 205 pounds. My team calls me. They’re like, ‘Hey, man. They want to change the weight to 205 pounds. It’s a big difference. We normally fight at 190 pounds. Do you still want to fight? I said, ‘No problem. Let’s do it. 205 pounds. He already has a weight advantage, a height advantage, a reach advantage, all of those things. But whatever. I’ll beat his ass again at 205 lbs. And that was it. We move forward. Then today, out of nowhere, his team calls and says, “Hasim doesn’t drop below 215 pounds. If the fight isn’t at 215 pounds, then we retire. My manager says, ‘Fuck you guys. You don’t control that. We have already agreed on five more pounds. He’s a big guy. Losing 10 pounds, everyone in the sport of boxing knows is an easy weight cut. UFC champions cut 25 pounds overnight to gain weight. A 10 pound weight reduction for a heavyweight is nothing. It’s clearly an excuse to say ‘OK, the fight is not at 215? We went out. The biggest payday of his life times 10 and he fumbles. Why? Because he knows he’s going to get knocked out by me. The pressure is starting to build. That’s exactly what’s going on with all these guys. Same shit with Tommy Fury. I’ve had it up to here. I am devastated. I apologize to everyone on the undercard. Amanda Serrano, I know you were working hard. Ashton Sylve, I know you worked hard. This is absurd. I can not do anything about it. I apologize to the fans. I will come back at some point.