Hasim Rahman Jr is set on proving himself right and Jake Paul as a liar, since he plans to weigh in publicly on Friday. Paul and Rahman were set to headline MSG this weekend but the fight was called off by Jake earlier this week.
The reason cited for the abrupt cancellation was Rahman Jr allegedly failing to make weight. Jake and his promotion company put out a statement earlier this week where they accused Rahman of weighing the same as he did one the day he signed up for the fight. This forced the NY Commission to move up the bout to 205lbs.
Rahman, a still green but professional boxer, regardless has never fought below 211 lbs. To fight Jake, Rahman was stipulated that he would have to make weight at 200lbs and not weigh more than 215lbs the morning of the fight. However, he could walk into the ring at any weight.
Hasim Rahman Jr challenges Jake Paul to fight at 205lbs
Earlier this week, Paul and his promotion accused Rahman of acting in bad faith saying he never intended to make weight at 200lbs. While the fight was shifted to 205lbs, Jake accused Rahman of being ardent that he would weigh in only at 215lbs. This led to the fight being canceled and tickets being refunded.
Rahman however felt it was unfair on Jake’s part to not even let him have the final week in order to cut weight. Immediately after the fight was canceled Rahman pointed out that canceling the fight before they even stepped on the scales, only a week prior to the event was highly suspicious on Jake’s part.
Now Rahman has decided that he will have to wash his hands clean, of this one. On a Twitter Space he hosted, Rahman announced that he would publicly weigh in on Friday and he will have made the 205lbs limit. If it were to happen, Jake’s credibility as a promoter and boxer would come under serious scrutiny, more than ever before.
In his professional Boxing career, Paul has beaten a YouTuber, a basketball player and two retired Mixed Martial Artists. Rahman would have been the first boxer on his record. More importantly, Rahman would have been the first opponent to have a reach advantage over Jake as both Woodley and Askren were severely undersized as they fought at 170lbs.
Do you think it’s wrongdoing on Rahman’s part regardless is he makes weight in Friday? The WBC were ready to put Jake in the official rankings if he were to beat Rahman Jr. Do you think they should still keep this offer open?