Jake Paul's latest boxing endeavor appears to be a failure, with the boxer and his management declaring that he would not fight Hasim Rahman Jr. due to a weight dispute between the fighters and their camps.
The issue stems from the agreed upon weight that the fight should take place at. According to the Paul camp, the fighters were originally supposed to weigh in at no more than 200 pounds. When Most Valuable Promotions stated that Rahman Jr. would not weigh in at this weight, the New York State Athletic Commission stated that it would not sanction the fight at any more than 205 pounds.
Rahman Jr. and his camp announced that he would not fight at any less than 215 pounds, according to the most valuable promotions that Paul himself started.
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Rahman Jr. was chosen as a replacement for Tommy Fury, the English boxer and Love Island star that Paul was originally supposed to fight. Due to visa concerns preventing him from entering the United States, Fury was withdrawn.
The value of the PPV remained at $60, sparking a new feud between Paul and former opponent KSI. Rahman Jr., a boxer who has won over 100 amateur matches and more than a dozen professional bouts, may not have the same public interest as a match with reality television sensation Fury. There was also the issue of the New York State Athletic Commission advising against recommending Rahman Jr. as an opponent given his vast experience and size advantage over Paul.
Paul's boxing record remains at 5-0, with victories over KSI, AnEsonGib, former NBA player Nate Robinson, retired MMA fighter Ben Askren, and former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.