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Hasim Rahman Jr. Willing To Fight Jake Paul For $5K Minimum

By Timothy James  |  July 31, 2022  |  No Comments

After Most Valuable Promotions cancels Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman Jr. due to a weight issue, Rahman Jr. releases statement that he’s willing to continue the fight for the $5,000 minimum payout.

Another Jake Paul event bites the dust.

After Paul’s original plans to fight Tommy Fury fell through due to visa issues preventing Fury from entering the USA, the Youtuber-turned-pugilist set his sights on a showdown with Hasim Rahman Jr. A win over Rahman Jr. would have netted Paul a ranking with the WBC.

However, fight fans will have to wait to see Jake Paul tested against an actual boxer around his size. Most Valuable Promotion released a statement last night that the August 6th event at Madison Square Garden was being put on ice due to a weight issue on Rahman Jr.’s side.

The original contract was signed for the bout to happen at 200 pounds, with Rahman Jr. providing evidence to the New York State Athletic Commission that he would not be cutting more than 10% of his body weight to reach the limit. Rahman Jr. 's team complied with the NYSAC at every point of the process, meeting weekly with a nutritionist and continuous monitoring of his weight.

According to MVP’s statement, Hasim weighed 216 lbs on July 7th, which would have made him on track to make weight for the August 6th bout. They claim that Rahman Jr. 's camp insisted that the bout happen at 215, and that Paul was willing to compromise at 205. However, no compromise was reached.

The statement did not mince words, expressing that "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 6th 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."

Paul promptly posted a response to his Twitter account.

Hasim Rahman Jr. also responded in a video statement posted to his Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CgqaYO3l0s-/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_rid=ac6e53fa-7368-441f-a2ec-d28d67384bf5

Hasim followed MVP’s suit in placing all the blame on the other, stating that the weight stipulation set up the fight cancellation from the beginning. In the video he states “I'm a bridgerweight, I campaign at bridgerweight, otherwise known as heavyweight outside the WBC. I signed the contract to make 200lb within the three-and-a-half weeks I had to do it but I couldn't do it, my body simply would not let me do it, it would not let me get to 200lb.”

Rahman Jr. also expressed his frustrations that the fight was canceled immediately despite still having a week before the scheduled bout. He continued in the video, “where in boxing do you see them canceling fights a week in advance? I didn't even get my last week to get down as low as I could. I told this man, there are penalties involved, keep the purse, I will fight for the $5,000 minimum, that's how much it means to me and that's how much faith I had in knocking him out.”

Jake Paul and MVP have not yet responded to Rahman’s offer to fight for the $5k minimum. This is the third consecutive Jake Paul event to fall through, with his last fight happening against last-minute replacement Tyron Woodley. According to reports, Paul vs. Woodley 2 only pulled in 65k PPV buys.

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