The wait for Jake Paul to legalize boxing is getting longer.
Boxer Paul’s anticipated fight against YouTube star Hasim Rahman Jr., scheduled for the title at the Showtime PPV in the Garden on August 6, was canceled over Rahman’s weight issues.
The card, which was scheduled to feature female star Amanda Serrano as the co-main event, has been shelved altogether. Paul’s promotional company, Most Valuable Promotions, announced the news Saturday night.
Most Valuable Promotions said in a statement, “MVP and Jake Paul will not reward anyone who has committed themselves to such deceitful and calculated methods.” “Therefore, the MVP is left with no choice but to… cancel the event. This forced result affects Jake Paul, Amanda Serrano and every other fighter on the card who have worked tirelessly over the past few months for the event. The boxing community should hold Hasim Rahman Jr. responsible for the lack of professionalism.”
Since the bout was announced to be at the 200-pound cruiserweight limit, the weights of both fighters, but notably Rahman, removed the vitriol between the two camps. After taking the fight on short notice, Rahman (12-1) was subjected to weekly tests to ensure he could slim down and lose weight on time. On top of that, he was subject to a rehydration clause, limiting how much weight he could lift after the official weight and before entering the ring, a practice common among fighters.
Those protocols were necessary, Paul claimed during the introductory press conference, as he was taking on a much larger fighter, the son of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman.
The Most Valuable Promotion statement continued, “On Friday, Rahman handed over a weight check to the New York State Athletic Commission that showed he weighed less than a pound since originally signed on to take the fight 24 days earlier. did less.” “This prompted the commission to declare that it would not approve a fight of less than 205 pounds. Nevertheless, Jake Paul was ready to proceed with the fight over this new weight, and Rahman’s promoter was given a weight of 205 pounds.” A new contract was sent indicating the limit, with strict penalties imposed if he fails to lose weight.
“Upon receiving this new contract on Saturday morning, Rahman’s camp indicated for the first time that he planned to weigh 215 pounds over the official weight and would not agree to weigh 205 pounds and notify the most valuable publicity. that they are pulling out of the fight until the fight is agreed upon at 215 pounds.
This match would have been Paul’s first representation against a professional boxer since the beginning of his career. With a 5-0 record, he has beaten UFC stars, ex-NBA players and other internet influencers, but Rahman, Paul hoped, would cement his legitimate place in the game.
This is also the second time the scheduled bout was forced to change plans. Paul was originally scheduled to fight Tommy Fury, but had to pivot after Fury, a United Kingdom citizen, was denied entry into the United States. This caused Rahman, with whom Paul had quarreled earlier, to start a fight at short notice.
“He called me ab-h at our sparring session,” Paul told The Post ahead of the planned fight. “He said he’s kicking my ass, he’s calling me a YouTuber, he says I’m not going to give this away in professional boxing. There’s beef. It’s personal. I’ve always wanted this fight.” It was because we had that fight, because he insulted me.”
Instead, Paul continues to wait.