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Boxing: Hasim Rahman Jr steps on the scale to prove to Jake Paul that he was at the weight and fails

After feeling insulted last week, Hasim Rahman Jr. held an unofficial weigh-in in Brooklyn, New York, to prove to his opponent, Jake Paul, that he would have made the weight for their fight this Saturday, which was canceled by the youtuber under the argument that Rahman was irresponsible and would not make the mark on the scale.

Rahman wanted to vindicate himself, confirming that Paul’s claims were unfounded, and yet he failed, stopping the scale at 206.6 pounds, when the agreed weight for the fight was 205 pounds.

In the end, Paul was right in his argument to cancel the entire show that was scheduled for Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

How was the cancellation of the show between Paul and Rahman?

In a statement released last Saturday, Paul’s promoter explained that they had agreed to raise the original 200-pound limit to 205 pounds to make it easier for Rahman to make the weight.

However, in following up with Hasim, they had enough evidence to determine that he would not be able to make the weight.

Rahman was the first boxing-experienced opponent Jake Paul was going to face. However, he had never weighed less than 211 pounds, for his fight against Damion Reed in 2018.

The cancellation of the fight was all doom and gloom for Paul, due to the fact that Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the World Boxing Council, said that if Jake Paul had won, he would have entered the body’s rankings, which would have given him a title shot.

In addition, Rahman was an up-and-comer, because Paul originally wanted to fight Tommy Fury, but the Brit had trouble getting into the United States.

So Paul lost his temper when he decided to cancel against Rahman:

“First Tommy Fury and now Rahman. Those boxers are the hardest people to work with. They have a continued lack of professionalism and lack the confidence to fight me.”

Also, to heat up the fight, he vented to Jake Paul during a sparring session, where he is seen running away from the exchange and running around the ring and accompanied it with a reflection:

Never in the history of the sport have you seen someone pull out of a fight because of weight issues. I tell everyone he just runs and runs. Just watch him,” Hasim Rahman Jr.

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