Jake Paul (left) and Hasim Rahman Jr (right) were scheduled to fight at Madison Square Garden

Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr face off in Madison Square Garden

‘Just another case of a pro boxer like Tommy Fury being scared’: Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr’s clash at Madison Square Garden is CANCELED as YouTuber reveals next week’s opponent had to pull out because that he couldn’t make the weight

  • Jake Paul won’t fight Hasim Rahman Jr next Saturday after fight is called off
  • Paul’s most valuable promotions cited issues with Rahman Jr’s weight
  • The YouTuber was originally scheduled to face Tommy Fury but it was also canceled
  • Paul hit out at ‘non-professional’ boxers and apologized to fans and fellow fighters

Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr’s showdown next week has been called off, with the YouTuber-turned-boxer saying it was “clear as day” that his opponent didn’t want to face him in the ring.

The bout scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden on August 6 was canceled due to Rahman’s weight issue.

Paul’s promotion team, Most Valuable Promotions, broke the news on Saturday night, saying they couldn’t work with someone who was himself “in such a deceptive and calculated way.”

Jake Paul (left) and Hasim Rahman Jr (right) were scheduled to fight at Madison Square Garden

But the showdown was called off on Saturday night due to Rahman Jr's weight issues

But the showdown was called off on Saturday night due to Rahman Jr’s weight issues

The former YouTuber then took to social media to claim that Rahman, like Tommy Fury, was afraid to face him in the ring.

“First Tommy Fumbled and now Hasim Rahman Crumbled,” Paul wrote on Twitter Saturday night.

“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.

Paul took to Twitter to call out Rahman for his

Paul took to Twitter to call out Rahman for his ‘unprofessionalism’ and apologize to fans

The YouTuber-turned-boxer posted a video, saying he

Paul asserted

The YouTuber-turned-boxer posted a video, saying he ‘couldn’t f*****g believe’

The fight was called off due to a disagreement over Rahman’s weight. According to Paul’s promotion company, Rahman had lost less than a pound than he originally agreed for the fight – which was to take place at a maximum of 200 pounds.

Rahman weighed in at 216 pounds on July 7 and reportedly assured Paul’s team that he was on track to gain weight at the August 5 weigh-in.

However, Paul’s camp says it “has become clear that these assurances were not made in good faith.”

Paul had initially not wanted to go over 205 pounds, but after Rahman weighed less than a pound less on Friday than he did on July 7, the New York State Athletic Commission said that ‘She wouldn’t sanction the fight under 205 pounds.

Rahman reportedly assured Paul's team he was on track to gain weight

Rahman reportedly assured Paul’s team he was on track to gain weight

The YouTuber’s former team claimed that Paul was ready to go ahead with the fight at a 205lb limit, but Rahman’s team indicated they wanted the fight to take place at 215lbs.

Paul and his promotion team said they were unwilling to work with someone who was cheated “in such a calculated, calculated way” and the fight was dropped.

Paul called an ’emergency press conference’ as he posted a video on his Twitter account where he called Rahman ‘unprofessional’, before immediately changing his bio to read: ‘Hasim Rahman Jr and Tommy Fury were both too scared to fight me and me ”I’m not the ‘real boxer’…lololol.’

Paul quickly changed his biography to claim that Rahman and Tommy Fury were too scared to fight him

Paul quickly changed his biography to claim that Rahman and Tommy Fury were too scared to fight him

“All right folks, emergency press conference,” he said. “You may have seen the news that Hasim Rahman Jr. has pulled out of the fight, that’s no joke.

‘I am devastated. I can’t f*****g believe this. We have just heard this news.

“This is just another case of a professional boxer, just like Tommy Fury, being scared to fight me. It’s plain as day that these guys have been so unprofessional to work with, looking for an excuse to take more money from this event. To compel us to do things.

“And from the jump I knew from the bottom of my heart that these guys didn’t want to get in the ring with me, that’s as clear as day.”

FULL STATEMENT OF JAKE PAUL’S MOST VALUABLE PROMOTIONS

A statement from Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions read, “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 evidence 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 at the four weeks leading up to the fight.Since weighing in at 216 pounds on July 7, Rahman and his camp have publicly and privately assured that he is on track to gain weight at the August 5 weigh-in, going as far as to provide a letter signed by a nutrition specialist who acknowledged that his weight loss was progressing smoothly according to the weekly weight checks required by the New York State Athletic Commission.

“Over the past 48 hours, it has become clear that these assurances were not made in good faith.

“On Friday, Rahman submitted a weight check to the New York State Athletic Commission which showed he had lost less than a pound since initially signing to fight 24 days prior.

“This prompted the Commission to declare that they would not sanction the fight under 205 pounds. Still, Jake Paul was ready to go ahead with the fight at this new weight and a new contract was sent to Rahman’s promoter reflecting a weight of 205 pounds. limit, imposing stiff penalties if he fails to make weight.

“After receiving this new contract on Saturday morning, Rahman’s camp indicated for the very first time that he plans to weigh 215 pounds. at the official weigh-in and would not agree to weigh in at 205 pounds and inform Most Valuable Promotions that they are pulling out of the fight unless the fight is agreed to at 215 pounds.

“MVP and Jake Paul will not reward someone who has conducted themselves in such a deceptive and calculated manner.

“Therefore, MVP has no choice but to cancel the August 6 event. This forced outcome impacts Jake Paul, Amanda Serrano and all other fighters on this card who have been training tirelessly at the 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 want 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 was originally set to face Tommy Fury, the younger brother of Tyson Fury.

But that clash was also called off earlier this month when Fury had to pull out due to a visa issue which saw him turned away from the airport.

Paul grew frustrated with Fury after pulling out of their fight for the second time, saying the 23-year-old needed the fight.

He even threatened to sue Fury after his father, John Fury, mentioned that he “wasn’t exactly in training”.

Paul was originally supposed to face Tommy Fury in a grudge match on August 6

Paul was originally supposed to face Tommy Fury in a grudge match on August 6

Paul tweeted: “I should sue this fool. My own father explains why he pulled out a second time.

Paul then turned to Rahman, the former heavyweight champion’s son who had fought all the way at heavyweight in his 13 pro boots, weighing in at 278 pounds.

The card was also expected to include female star Amanda Serrano defending her featherweight title.

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