Jake Paul accused of being ‘SCARED’ to fight up in weight against Hasim Rahman Jr, who would’ve taken $5,000 minimum pay


HASIM RAHMAN JR has accused Jake Paul of being “SCARED” to fight him up in weight.

Paul was due to face Rahman at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden next weekend.

Jake Paul's fight with Hasim Rahman Jr was cancelled


Jake Paul’s fight with Hasim Rahman Jr was cancelledCredit: EPA

But following a weight disagreement between the two, the entire pay-per-view event was axed.

Rahman signed to fight at the 14st 4lb cruiserweight limit of 200lb, despite being 16 stone in his last fight in April.

And he also had to weigh in at 215lb on the morning of the bout with 25 per cent of his purse lost for every 1lb overweight.

It meant if Rahman went just 4lb over, he would have been left with the $5,000 minimum.

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But after calling to fight Paul at 215lb, the heavyweight appeared willing to fight for the bare minimum.

He said on Instagram: “I signed the contract to make 200lbs within the three-and-a-half weeks that I had to do it but I couldn’t do it.

“My body simply would not let me get down to 200lbs. I told this man, keep the purse. I’ll fight you for the $5000 minimum.

“That’s how much faith I had in knocking him out. I would have beat this man with one hand.”


Rahman, 31, added: “It’s clearly them not wanting to fight. I never said I didn’t want this fight.

“The only thing I can conclude is that they’re scared.”

Due to Rahman’s heavy weight cut, the New York State Athletic Commission wanted to track his process.

Paul said with only a week out, the NYSAC changed the fight weight to 205lb.

But once Rahman allegedly demanded to come in at 215lb, the bout was soon called off.

Paul, 25, said: “I am devastated. I cannot f*****g believe this. We just found out this news. 

“This is just another case of a professional boxer, just like Tommy Fury, being scared to fight me.

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“It’s as clear as day that these guys have been so unprofessional to work with, looking for any excuse to such more money out of this event. To coerce us into doing things. 

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

Jake Paul hit out at Hasim Rahman Jr online


Jake Paul hit out at Hasim Rahman Jr onlineCredit: GETTY


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