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Jake Paul's fight against Hasim Rahman Jr has been cancelled after the boxer failed to make weight just a week before their scheduled bout.
The YouTube star took to social media to explain that Rahman Jr has had to pull out of their clash and that refunds are being handed out. The bout was set to go ahead next week on August 6 at Madison Square Garden in the United States.
Rahman Jr stepped in as a replacement for Tommy Fury, who was initially set to fight Paul before being prevented from entering the States. After a series of social media jibes that included heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, legal measures stopped a highly anticipated fight from going ahead.
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And it appears that any chance of Paul entering the ring next week have evaporated with his replacement Rahman Jr now dropping out after missing weight. The 25-year-old was furious with the result and took to Twitter to express his displeasure.
He tweeted: "First Tommy Fumbled and now Hasim Rahman Crumbled. These boxers are the most difficult people to work with and continually lack professionalism and confidence to fight me.
"I apologize to all of the of [sic] the other fighters on the card, our partners, our team and the fans."
A statement from Most Valuable Productions read: "On July 5, Hasim Rahman, Jr signed a bout agreement to fight Jake Paul on August 6 at Madison Square Garden at a maximum weight of 200lb. At the time of signing Rahman provided evidence of his weight to give comfort to Most Valuable Promotions and the New York State Athletic Commission that he would not be losing more than 10 per cent of his weight over the four weeks leading up to the fight.
"Since weighing in at 216lb on July 7, Rahman and his camp have offered assurance after assurance publicly and privately that he was on track to make weight at the weigh-in on August 5, going as far as to provide a letter signed by a recognised nutritionist that his weight cut was progressing without issue per New York State Athletic Commission's required weekly weight checks. In the last 48 hours, it has become clear that these assurances were not made in good faith.
"On Friday, Rahman submitted a weight check to the New York State Athletic Commission that demonstrated he had lost less than one pound since originally signing to take the fight 24 days prior. This prompted the Commission to declare that it would not sanction the fight at less than 205lb. Still, Jake Paul was prepared to move forward with the fight at this new weight and a new contract was sent to Rahman's promoter reflecting a 205lb. limit, imposing strict penalties should he fail to make weight.
"Upon receiving this new contract Saturday morning, Rahman's camp indicated for the very first time that he planned to weigh 215lb at the official weigh-in and would not agree to weigh in at 205lb and informing Most Valuable Promotions that they are pulling out of the fight unless the fight was agreed to at 215lb.
"MVP and Jake Paul will not reward someone that has conducted themselves in such a deceiving and calculated manner. Therefore, MVP is left with no choice but to cancel the August 6 event. This forced outcome impacts Jake Paul, Amanda Serrano and every other fighter on this card who have trained tirelessly over the past few months for this event.
"The boxing community must hold Hasim Rahman Jr liable for his lack of professionalism. There has been endless work, time, and money put into building this event and we want to thank our team, Showtime, Madison Square Garden, Holden Boxing and all of our partners for their continued support. Above everything we want to thank our fans for their commitment to the athletes and the sport of boxing."
Paul had been in line to earn an official ranking had he beaten his opponent next week. The World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman revealed that the YouTube sensation could be ranked, even though he is yet to take on a single professional boxer.
“Coming on August 6, Jake Paul will take on Hasim Rahman Jr. Winning this fight will earn him a World Boxing Council ranking,” stated Sulaiman. However, the news that the clash is now cancelled will come as a kick in the teeth to Paul.
The Ohio-born star has fought five times in the ring, winning all five. They include two victories over Tyron Woodley, one over Ben Askren, Nate Robinson and fellow YouTube sensation AnEsonGib.
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