Jake Paul vs Hasim Rahman Jr cancelled as Rahman Jr reportedly aborts weight-cut
The entire event at Madison Square Garden has been called off after Rahman Jr, who was set to replace Tommy Fury, decided he would no longer cut weight – according to Paul
Jake Paul’s fight with Hasim Rahman Jr has been cancelled after the latter abandoned his weight-cut for the boxing match, Paul claimed on Saturday.
YouTube star Paul is 5-0 as a professional boxer and was due to take on Rahman Jr – son of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman – on 6 August at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
However, Paul has now said the bout and entire undercard will not go ahead. The American, 25, said opponent and compatriot Rahman Jr, 31, withdrew after a dispute over the weight limit for their fight.
Rahman's failure to meet contracted weight marks scuttles Paul's second attempt for an Aug. 6 fight
Showtime Sports and Most Valuable Promotions made the announcement on Saturday night.
The fight was expected to take place at the crusierweight limit of 200 pounds. However, Rahman Jr., a natural heavyweight, had never fought lighter than 211.75 pounds since turning pro in 2017.
Because of that, the New York State Athletic Commission required weekly weight checks for the son of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman Sr., according to Boxing Scene.
Rahman Jr. had not shown the proper progress in weight loss as of this week, prompting NYSAC to move the contracted weight up to 205 pounds.
Rahman Jr. indicated in subsequent offers that he planned to weigh in at 215 pounds at the official weigh-in and that he would pulled out of the fight unless Paul agreed to those terms.