Undefeated cruiserweight Jake Paul was scheduled to fight Hasim Rahman Jr. this Saturday. night (August 6) at New York’s Madison Square Garden, as part of a Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) boxing card that also featured Amanda Serrano versus Brenda Carabajal at featherweight.
The whole event has canceled since.
Paul claims Rahman Jr. breached contract stipulations regarding his weight, forcing promoter Most Valuable Promotions (MVP) to change his existing deal. Then came another round of weekly weight checks and a lack of progress ending the “Gold Blooded” fight.
In subsequent Twitter posts, Rahman Jr. admits he was unable to make his mark, but also believes the unrealistic parameters set by Paul and Co. were designed to weaken the longtime heavyweight and giving “The Problem Child” a marked advantage on fight night.
“I signed the contract to fight at 200 pounds in the three and a half weeks I had to do it, but I couldn’t do it, my body just wouldn’t let me do it, wouldn’t let me go down at 200 pounds,” Rahman Jr. said on social media. “But where in boxing do you see them canceling fights a whole week in advance? I haven’t even had my last week to go that low as possible. I told this man, there are penalties involved? Keep the purse. I’ll fight you for the minimum of $5,000. That’s how much it means to me and to how much faith I have in knocking him out.
Rahman Jr. thinks he could have gone all the way down to 210 or 215 pounds and was willing to give up the majority of his purse to keep the fight alive, or provide another cruising weight if New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) shut it down at the weigh ins.
“If you let him say it, he already beat my ass in the gym when I was 230 (pounds),” insisted Rahman Jr. “So if you beat me when I was 230, what’s What’s the problem with me fighting at 215? What’s the problem with me at 210? It’s clearly them who don’t want to fight. It’s not me who pulls me out of the fight, it’s them who don’t want to fight. fight. I never said I didn’t want this fight. The only thing I can conclude is that they’re scared. They tried to drain me, I was like, ‘Look, I won’t be able to get down to cruising weight.’ That was an astronomical feat in itself from the start. They knew that if I wasn’t able to make the weight, I had a backup on the side all the time. He did everything I did in this whole camp, the muslim boxer, Muhsin Cason, who’s campaigning at heavyweight, who wouldn’t have had to empty himself, who could have saved the show Jake Paul could have fought a real boxer, but he doesn’t want to fight a real boxer, he wanted to gut me and fight a shell of me. I’m not going to let him do that.
Cason, 28, is 10-0 as a cruiserweight with seven knockouts.
UFC president Dana White thinks Paul and MVP bailed out event after failing to sell enough tickets to break even. Paul then posted a video of Rahman Jr. weighing 216.5 pounds on July 7, the same weight recorded at his second weigh-in on July 10.
“MVP was given two weight checks by Hasim Rahman’s management team,” a rep for MVP wrote. “July 7 and July 10. Both were 216. We requested these videos to ensure that Mr. Rahman did not have to lose more than 10% of his body weight over a four-week period.”
Rahman Jr. insists he did everything he could to make this fight happen.
“You’re gonna blame your boy Jake Paul for this fight not happening, it has nothing to do with me or my team, Jake Paul was scared to make the fight,” Rahman Jr said. he has to say is, ‘Okay, I beat you at 230, I’ll beat you at 215!’ I’m still losing weight. Or, ‘I’m going to beat you at 210.’ He doesn’t want to do it because he doesn’t want a real competitive fight. He wanted me to be a shell of myself when we walked in there and got in that ring.
It remains to be seen where the two fighters go.