Jake Paul fight canceled due to flap over Hasim Rahman Jr.’s weight

The scheduled Aug. 6 boxing pay-per-view card headlined by Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr. has been canceled due to a weight concern with Rahman, Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions (MVP) wrote in an announcement Saturday evening.

The occasion was to happen at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

According to MVP’s assertion, Rahman’s camp advised Paul’s crew Saturday morning that Rahman deliberate on weighing on this coming Friday at 215 kilos. Rahman had initially signed a contract for a bout at 200 kilos, and the assertion stated Paul was prepared to compromise to do the fight at 205 kilos. The MVP assertion learn that Rahman’s camp stated its fighter would withdraw from the fight if the bout was not at 215 kilos.

“MVP and Jake Paul is not going to reward somebody who has carried out themselves in such a deceiving and calculated method,” the assertion learn. “Therefore, MVP is left with no alternative however to cancel the August sixth occasion. This compelled final result impacts Jake Paul, Amanda Serrano and each different fighter on this card who’ve skilled tirelessly over the previous few months for this occasion. The boxing group should maintain Hasim Rahman Jr. answerable for his lack of professionalism.”

A Rahman consultant declined to remark when reached by ESPN on Saturday evening.

Serrano, one of many prime girls’s fighters on the planet, was scheduled to fight Brenda Carabajal within the co-main occasion of the cardboard.

The Paul-Rahman bout was put collectively in early July when Tommy Fury withdrew from his fight with Paul due to journey points.

According to the MVP assertion, Rahman signed an settlement on July 6 to fight at 200 kilos. At that point, Rahman supplied proof of his weight to MVP and the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) 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 had weighed as a lot as 269 kilos as a professional.

On July 7, in accordance to MVP, Rahman weighed 216 kilos, and he and his crew had supplied assurances that he was on monitor to make the weight. In interviews with ESPN over the previous two weeks, Rahman and his father, Hasim, each expressed confidence that making the weight wouldn’t be an issue.

MVP’s assertion stated Rahman supplied a signed assertion from a nutritionist that his weight was progressing, per the NYSAC guidelines, which included weekly weight checks.

“In the final 48 hours, it has develop into clear that these assurances weren’t made in good religion,” 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 in early July. The fee, MVP stated, declared it will not sanction the fight at lower than 205 kilos, which Paul was prepared to agree to. A brand new contract was then despatched to Rahman’s crew, in accordance to MVP, with the weight alteration and imposing strict penalties if Rahman missed the weight.

“Upon receiving this new contract Saturday morning, Rahman’s camp indicated for the very first time that he deliberate to weigh 215 lbs. on the official weigh-in and wouldn’t agree to weigh-in at 205 kilos and informing Most Valuable Promotions that they’re pulling out of the fight except the fight was agreed to at 215 kilos,” the assertion learn. A request for remark to the NYSAC on Saturday evening was not instantly returned.

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