Fighter could not make weight in upcoming fight against Jake Paul
Let the controversy begin! Jake Paul’s scheduled August 6th fight against Hasim Rahman Jr has been canceled due to Rahman not making weight. According to Jake Paul’s promotional team, Rahman broke an agreement. Rahman, who is a natural heavyweight signed a contract for a bout at 200 pounds, but could not make weight.
"MVP and Jake Paul will not reward someone that has conducted themselves in such a deceiving and calculated manner," the statement said. "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."
The two rivals were once sparring partners so a huge part of their build up to the fight highlighted the duos past sparring sessions. Rahman has told the world he buckled Paul a few times during sparring and this weight tactic is a move for Paul to back out a bad situation.
Rahman took to IG to defend his claim. While Rahman admits to signing a contract to get down to 200. Rahman questioned why Paul's team was canceling the fight now and not waiting to give him more time to get his weight all the way down. He said he would fight Paul for the $5,000 minimum, because "That's how much faith I had in me knocking him out. "If you beat me up while I was 230, what's the problem fighting me at 215?" Rahman said. "What's the problem fighting me at 210? It's clearly them not wanting to fight. It's not me pulling out of the fight."
Paul’s promotion MVP claims Rahman lost less than one pound since signing the contract for the fight more than 3 weeks ago. The athletic commission mandated the fight would be fought at 205 pounds instead. Paul weighed in at 190 pounds for his second fight with Tyron Woodley -- says he agreed to the change. But, MVP claims Rahman Jr. then demanded the match be fought at 215 pounds ... a huge jump from the originally agreed upon 200 pounds.
MVP wrote"Upon receiving this new contract Saturday morning, Rahman's camp indicated for the very first time that he planned to weigh 215 lbs. at the official weigh-in and would not agree to weigh-in at 205 pounds and informing Most Valuable Promotions that they are pulling out of the fight unless the fight was agreed to at 215 pounds," the statement read.
Jake responded to the cancellation, saying ... "First Tommy Fumbled and now Hasim Rahman Crumbled. These boxers are the most difficult people to work with and continually lack professionalism and confidence to fight me."I apologize to all of the other fighters on the card, our partners, our team and the fans." It is unclear what Paul does next