The scheduled Aug. 6 boxing pay-per-view card headlined by Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr. has been canceled attributable to a weight challenge with Rahman, Paul’s Most Helpful Promotions wrote in an announcement Saturday evening.
The occasion was to happen at New York’s Madison Sq. Backyard.
In accordance with MVP’s assertion, Rahman’s camp informed Paul’s staff Saturday morning that Rahman deliberate to weigh in at 215 kilos Friday. Rahman had signed a contract for a bout at 200 kilos, and the assertion stated Paul was prepared to compromise to do the combat at 205 kilos. In accordance with the assertion, Rahman’s camp stated its fighter would withdraw from the combat if the bout was not at 215 kilos.
“MVP and Jake Paul will not reward someone that has conducted themselves in such a deceiving and calculated manner,” the assertion stated. “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.”
Serrano, one of many prime girls’s fighters on this planet, was scheduled to combat Brenda Carabajal within the co-main occasion.
In an Instagram video early Sunday morning, Rahman acknowledged signing the contract for 200 kilos in early July however stated his physique “simply would not let me do it,” referring to creating the burden. Rahman questioned why Paul’s staff was canceling the combat now and never ready to present him extra time to get his weight all the way in which down. He stated he would combat Paul for the $5,000 minimal, as a result of “that’s how much faith I had in me knocking him out.”
Rahman stated he sparred Paul in 2020 whereas he was heavier, and Paul has admitted that Rahman gained these classes. Rahman stated Paul desires him to be a “shell” of himself within the ring.
“If you beat me up while I was 230, what’s the problem fighting me at 215?” Rahman stated. “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.”
The Paul-Rahman bout was put collectively in early July when Tommy Fury withdrew attributable to journey points.
In accordance with the MVP assertion, Rahman signed an settlement July 6 to combat at 200 kilos. At the moment, Rahman offered proof of his weight to MVP and the New York State Athletic Fee that he would not be dropping greater than 10% of his weight between then and the bout. Rahman, a heavyweight, final fought at 224 kilos in April and has weighed as a lot as 269 kilos as a professional.
On July 7, in keeping with MVP, Rahman weighed 216 kilos, and he and his staff had offered assurances that he was on monitor to make the burden. In interviews with ESPN over the previous two weeks, Rahman and his father, Hasim, each expressed confidence that making the burden wouldn’t be an issue.
MVP’s assertion stated Rahman offered a signed assertion from a nutritionist that his weight was progressing, per NYSAC guidelines, which included weekly weight checks.
“In the last 48 hours, it has become clear that these assurances were not made in good faith,” MVP’s assertion learn.
MVP’s assertion stated that in an NYSAC weight verify Friday, Rahman had misplaced lower than one pound since signing for the bout. The fee, MVP stated, declared it would not sanction the combat at lower than 205 kilos, which Paul was prepared to conform to. A brand new contract was despatched to Rahman’s staff, in keeping with MVP, with the burden alteration and imposing strict penalties if Rahman missed the burden.
“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 assertion learn.
A request for remark to the NYSAC on Saturday evening was not instantly returned.