Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman Jr. is under question.
YouTube sensation turned boxer Jake Paul was initially slated to take on Tommy Fury this August. Fury ended up pulling out of the contest for a second time after first withdrawing from their previously planned December outing. With just over a month left, Paul was able to find Rahman Jr. as the replacement for Fury.
Now it looks like the replacement is in need of another replacement.
Jake Paul is not sure that Hasim Rahman Jr. fight will happen
In a recent appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Jake Paul revealed that his upcoming bout with Rahman Jr. might not happen.
“None of these guys actually really want to fight me is what I’m coming to find out. Hasim Rahman Jr. actually right now is trying to renegotiate his contract. So, he signed a contract last week for ten times more than he’s ever been paid for any one of his fights.
“Now, boom, fast forward one week, he’s trying to renegotiate, he’s trying to suck more money out of the fight. He’s trying to do anything he can to claw and make the money because I think he realizes the consequences of what might happen.
“I think he’s actually scared to fight me… Who knows if this fight is even going to happen at this point because we’re not going to pay him more money. He’s not worth it. He has a name but he doesn’t have a massive name. It’s unfortunate, man.”
Paul stated that Rahman Jr. had already signed the contract but could fake an injury to get out of the contest.
“We don’t give a f*ck. I’m not paying the guy more. I’m tired of these guys trying to overprice themselves. We’re paying him ten times more than he’s ever made and now he’s trying to ask for thirty times more than what he’s ever made, all of a sudden.
“But there’s a signed contract already, he already signed the dotted line and now he’s trying to go back and be like, ‘well, I’m not going to fight,’ and it’s tough because he could just ‘fake an injury’ or say his hand is broken or some sh*t or whatever”
“There is a worry that he might not even show up tomorrow and that this fight might not actually even happen.”
Paul says he “literally saved the whole entire sport”
Paul expressed his frustrations dealing with the business side of boxing after the newfound replacement started to look shaky. He claimed that it was dying and he saved it by himself.
“It is a recurring theme and I think this is why boxing was such a dying sport before I came into it and literally saved the whole entire sport, basically single-handedly along with some other heavyweights and some lightweights but mostly because of me boxing was saved. I’m starting to realize what the problem was”
“That’s why you don’t see the biggest fights. Tyson Fury is afraid to fight Joshua, Tyson Fury is afraid to fight Usyk. Why hasn’t Gervonta and Devin Haney fought? Why hasn’t Gervonta and Ryan Garcia fought? Why aren’t these big fights happening?
“Because one of the parties is scared. Who knows which party it is but this is why boxing is dying because these fights aren’t mandatory. No one can force them to do these fights like they can in the UFC.”
Jake Paul is scheduled to fight Hasim Rahman Jr. on August 6 at Madison Square Garden, New York. The first press conference is set to be held tomorrow and may provide clarification on whether the event will happen or not.