Jake Paul’s next fight scheduled for August 6 in New York was scrapped after opponent Hasim Rahman Jr. was unable to make the agreed weight for Showtime’s main event pay-per-view promotion. Paul was announced and Showtime officials confirmed to MMA Lutte.
Most Valuable Promotions, which Paul co-owns with business partner Nakisa Bidarian, made the announcement on Saturday after a report from Boxingscene.com initially announced the fight would be contracted as a 205-pound bout and then announced its cancellation.
MVP released a statement on the cancellation: “On July 5, Hasim Rahman Jr. signed a fight deal to fight Jake Paul on August 6 at Madison Square Garden at a max weight of 200 pounds. At the time of signing, Rahman provided proof of his weight to reassure Most Valuable Promotions and the New York State Athletic Commission that he would not lose more than 10% of his weight during the course. of the four weeks preceding the fight.
“Since weighing 216 pounds on July 7, Rahman and his camp have publicly and privately assured him that he was on track to gain weight at the August 5 weigh-in, going so far as to provide a signed letter .by a recognized nutritionist that his weight loss was progressing smoothly according to the weekly weight checks required by the New York State Athletic Commission.In the past 48 hours, it has become apparent that these assurances were not made in good faith .
Initial requests for comment from representatives of Rahman Jr. were not returned.
According to Paul’s team, the 31-year-old fighter had barely lost weight, and the team said the son of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman later requested the fight be held at a weight. completely different – otherwise he wouldn’t compete anymore. This ultimately forced Paul to cancel the fight and remove the card, which also featured Amanda Serrano in the co-main event.
“On Friday, Rahman submitted a weight check to the New York State Athletic Commission which showed he had lost less than a pound since he originally signed to fight 24 days prior. prompted the commission to state that they would not sanction the fight at less than 205 lbs. Yet Jake Paul was willing to continue the fight at this new weight and a new contract was sent to Rahman’s promoter reflecting a limit of 205 lbs. , imposing strict penalties if he fails to gain weight.When receiving this new contract on Saturday morning, the camp of Rahman indicated for the very first time that he plans to weigh 215 pounds at the weigh-in official and that he would not agree to weigh in at 205 pounds and informed Most Valuable Promotions that they were pulling out of the fight unless the fight was agreed to at 215 pounds.
“MVP and Jake Paul will not reward someone who has behaved in such a deceptive and calculated manner. Therefore, MVP has no choice but to cancel the August 6 event. This forced result impacts Jake Paul, Amanda Serrano and all the other fighters on this card who have been training tirelessly over the past few months for this event. The boxing community must hold Hasim Rahman Jr. accountable for his lack of professionalism. There has been endless work, time and money to build this event 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 want to thank our fans for their commitment to the athletes and the sport of boxing.
Paul’s team added that refunds will be issued for all tickets and pay-per-views already sold for the now canceled card.
It’s an unfortunate turn of events for Paul, who was originally scheduled to face Tommy Fury on August 6 until the former reality TV star was denied entry to the United States. Multiple reports attributed the refusal to the Fury family’s association with suspected criminal Daniel Kinahan.
Fury was removed from the card and replaced by Rahman, who accepted the contest after suffering a knockout loss to Kenzie Morrison in his previous outing in April.
Now the whole card has been scrapped, and it’s unclear when Paul will be able to compete again.
Following the announcement, Paul blasted Rahman for his behavior while apologizing to all other fighters affected by the cancellation.
“First Tommy Fumbled and now Hasim Rahman has crumbled,” Paul wrote on Twitter. “These boxers are the hardest people to work with and continually lack the professionalism and confidence to fight me. I apologize to all the other fighters on the card, our partners, our team and the fans.”
First Tommy Fumbled and now Hasim Rahman Crumbled. These boxers are the hardest people to work with and continually lack the professionalism and confidence to fight me.
I apologize to all the other fighters on the card, our partners, our team and the fans. https://t.co/0q6MxqG3XJ
—Jake Paul (@jakepaul) July 31, 2022
Paul then posted a video in which he explained his frustration with Rahman’s team, saying it was “plain as day” that Rahman didn’t want to fight him.
“Here’s what happened, long story short: He signed a contract to fight me at 200 pounds and was going to cut the weight to 200 pounds. It’s not a big cut for him. He’s a big guy with a ton of weight to lose. So he sent a video to the commission the first time he weighed 216 pounds. The commission wanted to track 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 a video weighing 215 pounds, which means that in three weeks he has lost only one pound. So the commission was like, ‘Hey man, you’re not cutting weight properly. 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 205lbs, that’s a big difference, you normally fight at 190lbs. Do you still want to do the fight? I said, ‘No problem, let’s do it.’ Two hundred and five pounds, he already has a weight advantage, all those things, but whatever. I know I can still beat her ass at 205 lbs. And that was it. We move forward. 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 books. He’s a big guy. Losing 10 pounds, everyone in the sport of boxing knows is an easy weight cut. People do that. UFC champions cut 25 pounds overnight to gain weight. A 10 pound weight reduction for a heavyweight is nothing. It’s clearly an excuse. “OK, the fight is not at 215, we are out.”
“Biggest payday of his life times 10 and he’s fumbling. For what reason? Because he knows he’s going to get knocked out by me. The pressure is starting to set in and that’s exactly what’s happening with All these guys. Same shit with Tommy Fury. I’m sick of it. I’m devastated. I apologize to everyone on the undercard. Amanda Serrano, I know you were working hard. Ashton Sylve, I know that you were working hard. This is nonsense. I can’t do anything about it. I apologize to the fans and I’ll be back at some point.
MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee react to the cancellation, which you can watch below, and on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.