From the beginning, Jake Paul claims he knew this would happen.
Hasim Rahman Jr. defrauded the promotion and commission because he lied to the promotion, commission, and Paul about his weight.
The fight, as well as the entire Aug. 6 event at Madison Square Garden in New York, was scrapped after Rahman Jr. requested a weight cut from cruiserweight (200 pounds) to contract weight (215 pounds).
In the words of Paul, “this is simply another professional fighter being terrified to fight me, just like Tommy Fury.” I could tell right away that this man didn’t want to go in there with me.
When the strain grew too much for Rahman Jr., he exploited it as an excuse to withdraw, he said.