- Michael Rapaport calls Jake Paul “fake.”
- Rapaport says the real reason for the canceled Rahman Jr. fight was poor ticket sales.
Jake Paul is being called out by just about everyone it seems these days and the most recent critic of Paul is actor Michael Rapaport.
Rapaport is an outspoken celebrity who often spouts his hot sports takes to anyone who will listen. He is often on social media and on his podcast discussing a number of topics from around the sports world. This time he is taking aim at Jake Paul.
The Youtuber turned boxer has skyrocketed in stardom and is now possibly the biggest name in boxing. He has had five professional boxing matches and has won all five. He mainly takes on retired MMA fighters as his M-O, but his next bout was supposed to be against another boxer, Hasim Rahman Jr. The son of former heavyweight champion boxer Hasim Rahman has had 13 bouts in his professional career and was being deemed the first real test for Paul. That was until the fight was canceled last minute, citing weight-cutting issues.
Michael Rapaport is not buying Jake Paul’s excuses.
“Fake Paul … Fake Paul … Don’t front. Stop the lying and the bullcrapping,” Rapaport said in a video posted to Instagram via MMA Junkie. “Your fight that was supposed to go down in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, didn’t get canceled because of some weight thing to the fake fighter that you were going to fight in Madison Square Garden.”
When the bout was canceled Paul’s team issued a statement that declared that his opponent would not be able to make the agreed-upon weight for the Aug. 6 bout to be held in the historic Madison Square Garden arena. Despite these claims, the accusations have begun.
Rapaport thinks poor ticket sales were the real reason to cancel the MSG card
“It got canceled because no one bought tickets, OK? Because the ghosts of Madison Square Garden – the same arena where (Muhammad) Ali fought (Joe) Frazier, where Jake LaMotta fought Sugar Ray Robinson, where Hulk Hogan fought Andre the Giant … Madison Square Garden – they did not want to see you in there. No one bought tickets to that fake fight, Fake Paul. You’re not a fighter. You want to be a real fighter? Fight a real fighter, OK. Take a real drug test, OK? The ruse, the con, the bull-jive, is over, Fake Paul.”
The entire fight card was canceled, including the co-main event scheduled between Amanda Serrano vs. Brenda Carabajal. Paul has denied the accusations that ticket sales played into the scrapped card. There is no word if the event will be rescheduled at this time.