Hasim Rahman Jr. says the reason why the event got canceled is due to Jake Paul.
Rahman Jr. and Paul were supposed to fight on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in what was supposed to be a tough test for Paul. However, on Saturday it was revealed the fight was off due to Rahman Jr. being too heavy and likely not going to make 200lbs, however, Rahman Jr. says that is not the case.
“I signed a contract to make 200 pounds within a three, three-and-half weeks that I had to do it,” Rahman said in a video posted on social media. “But I couldn’t do it. I said my body simply would not let me do it. It would not let me get down to 200 pounds. But where in boxing do you see them canceling fights a whole week in advance? I didn’t even get my last week to get down as low as I could. I told this man, ‘If penalties involved, keep the purse. Keep the purse. I’d fight you for the $5,000 minimum.’ That’s how much it means to me, and that’s how much faith I have in knocking him out…
“I would’ve beat this man with one hand, just like I did in the gym,” Rahman continued. “But let him tell it, he already beat my ass in the gym when I was 230. So if you beat me up when I was 230, what’s the problem of fighting me when I’m at 215, what’s the problem of fighting me when I’m 210? It’s clearly been them not wanting to fight. It’s not me pulling out the fight. It’s them not wanting the fight. I never said that I didn’t want this fight. The only thing that I can conclude is they’re scared. They tried to drain me down. I told them I ain’t gonna be able to get all the way down to cruiserweight. It was an astronomical fee in and of itself from the beginning when they called me to spar for Anderson Silva. I told them what my weight was. I would have had to lose a pound a day for 30 days in order to make 200 pounds.”
Although the fight is called off, Hasim Rahman Jr. says Jake Paul never wanted to fight him and he is scared to fight. He says he’s still ready to box on Saturday and KO the brash YouTuber-turned-boxer.
“Jake Paul could’ve fought a real boxer, but he don’t want to fight a real fighter,” Rahman Jr. said. “He don’t want to fight a real fight. He wanted to drain me down and fight a shell of me, which I’m not going to allow him to do. Now, they didn’t move the goalposts and move the finish line closer and have me weigh in all these extra days early and then pull the plug on the fight like, ‘We don’t want to fight. My team 100 percent still wanted to fight, still ready, willing, and able to knock out Jake Paul on Aug. 6. So y’all blame your boy Jake Paul for this fight not happening. It ain’t have nothin’ to do with me or my team. We let them know what the real reason was, and Jake Paul is scared to fight.”
What do you make of Hasim Rahman Jr’s story about the Jake Paul fight being canceled?