The boxed pay-per-view card scheduled for Aug. 6, headlined by Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr., was canceled due to a weight issue with Rahman, Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions (MVP) wrote in a statement Saturday night.
The event was to take place in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
According to MVP, Rahman’s camp told Paul’s team Saturday morning that Rahman plans to weigh 215 pounds next Friday. Rahman had originally signed a contract for a 200lb fight and the statement said Paul was willing to compromise to have the 205lb fight. The MVP explanation read that Rahman’s camp said his fighter would retire from the fight if the fight didn’t go to 215lbs.
“MVP and Jake Paul will not reward anyone who has behaved in such a fraudulent and calculated manner,” the statement said. “As such, MVP is left with no choice but to cancel the August 6 event. This forced result affects Jake Paul, Amanda Serrano and every other fighter on this map who have been training tirelessly for this event over the past few months. The boxing community must hold Hasim Rahman Jr. accountable for his lack of professionalism.”
A rep for Rahman declined to comment when reached by ESPN on Saturday night.
Serrano, one of the best fighters in the world, was scheduled to face Brenda Carabajal in the map’s co-main event.
The Paul Rahman fight was put together in early July when Tommy Fury pulled out of his fight with Paul due to travel issues.
Per the MVP statement, Rahman signed an agreement on July 6 to fight at 200 pounds. At the time, Rahman presented weight evidence to MVP and the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) that he would not lose more than 10% of his weight by the time of the fight. Rahman, a heavyweight, last fought at 224 pounds in April and had weighed up to 269 pounds as a pro.
According to the MVP, Rahman weighed 216 pounds on July 7, and he and his team had given assurances that he was on track to reach the weight. In interviews with ESPN over the past two weeks, Rahman and his father Hasim both expressed confidence that reaching the weight would not be a problem.
The MVP’s statement said Rahman provided a signed statement from a nutritionist that his weight is gaining in accordance with NYSAC rules, which included weekly weight checks.
“Over the past 48 hours it has become clear that these representations were not made in good faith,” MVP’s statement said.
The MVP statement said Rahman had lost less than a pound at an NYSAC weight check on Friday since signing for the fight in early July. The commission, MVP said, stated it would not sanction the fight at less than £205, which Paul was willing to agree to. According to the MVP, Rahman’s team was then sent a new contract with the weight change and severe penalties imposed if Rahman missed the weight.
“Upon receiving this new contract on Saturday morning, Rahman’s camp indicated for the first time that he intended to weigh 215lbs at the official weigh-in and would not agree to weigh 205lbs and to inform Most Valuable Promotions that he did is to withdraw from the fight unless the fight is agreed to be 215 pounds,” the statement read. A request for comment to NYSAC Saturday night was not immediately answered.
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