Jake Paul to pay undercard fighters ‘50%’ of their fight purse after boxing event canceled


YouTuber Jake Paul puts his money where his mouth is. Literally.

The 25-year-old was scheduled to fight Hasim Rahman Jr., son of former heavyweight boxing champion Hasim Rahman, on August 6, but the fight was scrapped and the entire event canceled due to weight issues with his opponent.

Paul announced that he will pay undercard fighters who will compete in the canceled Aug. 6 PPV 50% of their fight purse out of his own pocket.

Twelve fighters were scheduled to compete on the undercard, but those do not include Amanda Serrano, Ashton Sylve or Brandun Lee. Their fights are currently being rescheduled.

“The undercard boxers who were scheduled to fight today in the Jake Paul and Amanda Serrano MVP event have spent countless hours training physically and mentally to prepare to fight on one of the biggest stages of their careers,” Paul wrote on behalf of his company, Most Valuable Promotions. “These undercard fighters have fulfilled the terms of their contracts and Jake and MVP are extremely disappointed that the cancellation of the event has affected them.

“Amanda Serrano, Ashton Sylve and Brandun Lee are rescheduling their fights against their respective opponents. All other undercard fighters in the event will receive payment directly from Jake Paul of 50% of their contracted purse amount and are free of any contractual obligations to the promotion.

“We remain committed to ensuring fair compensation for fighters and look forward to hosting our next event.”

Paul is 5-0 in boxing with wins over AnEsonGib, Nate Robinson, Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley (twice). His canceled match with Rahman Jr. (12-1) was to be his first test against a professional boxer. It remains unclear if the fight will be rescheduled or if Paul has another opponent in mind for his next match.

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