Breakup: Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman Jr. fight canceled because ‘Gold Blooded’ can’t make weight


The upcoming boxing match between social media star Jake Paul and professional boxer Hasim Rahman Jr. has been officially called off.

That’s according to a recent press release from Most Valuable Promotions (see below). The fight cancellation was also announced on tonight’s Showtime for Danny Garcia vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. Apparently Rahman Jr. has weight issues and won’t be able to compete.

Paul vs. Rahman Jr. was scheduled to take place next weekend August 6 live on Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. Tommy Fury was originally scheduled to fight Paul, but he had to pull out due to travel issues. Rahman Jr., son of former world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, stepped in on short notice to take the fight.

According to the Most Valuable Promotions press release, Rahman Jr. failed to maintain his weight and repeatedly requested that the fight be moved to a heavier weight class. Paul and his team didn’t have it.

“MVP and Jake Paul will not reward someone who conducted themselves in such a deceitful and calculated manner,” read MVP’s press release.

Paul, who is just over two years into his professional boxing career, was hoping to prove his worth against a legit boxer. Rahman Jr. isn’t a world destroyer, but he’s a bigger fighter who was going to test Paul’s true skills inside the ring. So far, “Problem Child” has only fought former UFC fighters and retired NBA players with no professional boxing experience. It was his chance to bring the boxing world to the fore.

Paul took to Twitter moments after the fight was canceled to apologize for the fallout. Check it out below:

“First Tommy Fumbled and now Hasim Rahman Crumbled,” Paul wrote. “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.”

I guess fight fans will have to wait a bit longer to see Paul’s evolution as a boxer. It’s unclear at this time when he might reschedule his next fight.

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