After Tommy Fury was forced out of his August 6 fight against Jake Paul, the YouTuber-turned-boxer had a few options for his next fight but the New York Commission wasn’t a fan of them.
Paul wanted to still face a real boxer and insisted on fighting Hasim Rahman Jr. who’s a 12-1 pro boxer that has been fighting at heavyweight. Rahman Jr. also has a lot more experience as an amateur and because of that, BJ Flores – who is Paul’s coach – says the NYSAC didn’t want to sanction the fight.
“The New York State athletic commission advised against it. They said Rahman was too experienced. Rahman had over 100 amateur fights and has 13 professional fights plus he’s used to fighting bigger guys. He grew up around boxing and boxing himself in amateur tournaments,” Flores told BoxingScene.com.
Rahman Jr.’s only loss is to Kenzie Morrison who is a very solid heavyweight prospect and although Rahman Jr. got knocked out, he won all four rounds. According to Flores, he says that proves how good he is which is why this is such a dangerous fight for Jake Paul.
“Rahman was beating a 20-0 undefeated heavyweight in Kenzie Morrison 4 rounds to 0 before the stoppage. It was 40-36 on all three scorecards. This is a dangerous fight,” said Flores.
Jake Paul is just 5-0 as a pro boxer and coming off the KO win over Tyron Woodley. Prior to that, he beat Woodley by split decision. His other wins are a KO over Ben Askren, a KO over Nate Robinson and a TKO win over AnEsonGib who is a fellow YouTuber.
Although Woodley and Askren were world champions in MMA, they weren’t boxers and Flores nows Rahman Jr. will be Paul’s toughest test to date.
Do you think Jake Paul will beat Hasim Rahman Jr. on August 6 at Madison Square Garden?