Jake Paul is once again without a rival. The social media star’s latest PPV event was scheduled to take place on August 6 at Madison Square Garden against Hasim Rahman Jr. But along with the rest of the cards, the match, which was supposed to be on Showtime PPV, has been cancelled. Due to weight issues around Rahman Jr.
Showtime Sports and Most Valuable Promotions made the announcement on Saturday night.
The fight was expected to take place at the cruiserweight limit of 200 pounds. However, Rahman Jr., a natural heavyweight, had never struggled lighter than 211.75 pounds since turning professional in 2017. Because of this, the New York State Athletic Commission required weekly weight checks for the son of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman Sr. For the boxing scene.
Rahman Jr. had not shown reasonable progress in weight loss until this week, prompting the NYSAC to move the contracted weight down to 205 pounds. However, according to Paul’s promotion, Rahman Jr. indicated in later proposals that he planned to weigh 215 pounds over the official weight and would be out of action unless Paul agreed to those terms. .
Most Valuable Promotions said in a statement, “MVP and Jake Paul will not reward anyone who has executed themselves in such deceitful and calculated manner. Therefore, MVP has the right to cancel the August 6 event.” There is no other option left.” “This compelling result affects Jake Paul, Amanda Serrano and every other fighter on the card who have trained tirelessly over the past few months for this event. The boxing community must blame Hasim Rahman Jr. for his lack of professionalism. The work, time and money that has gone into the making of this event has been endless and we would like to thank our team, Showtime, Madison Square Garden, Holden Boxing and all of our partners for their continued support. Above all, we thank our fans. Would like to thank the athletes and the sport of boxing for their commitment.”
Paul was originally expected to fight Tommy Fury on the same date, but Fury was denied entry to the United States when he attempted to fly to England for an introductory press conference. Those visa issues forced Fury to withdraw from the bout.