You’ve probably heard this before Jake Paul has canceled his scheduled August 6 fight with Hasim Rahman Jr. — and with it, the entire Showtime pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden — with the claim that Rahman failed to meet the end of his contractual weight agreements.
Long story short Rahman wasn’t passing the weight checks, the fight went from 200lbs to 205lbs as the limit, then according to Paul’s camp Rahman wanted the limit to be 215, at which point they pulled the plug . .
Rahman says he didn’t retire from the fight, but to be clear, that’s not really what Paul’s camp says, but Rahman posted some videos on his Twitter account to solve the problem.
“Look, I’m a bridgeweight. I campaign at bridgerweight, or otherwise known as heavyweight outside of the WBC,” he began.
To be clear here, the WBC bridgerweight limit is 224 pounds. They are the only sanctioning body that recognizes this division.
“I signed the contract to gain 200 pounds in the three or three and a half weeks that I had to do it, but I couldn’t do it. My body just wouldn’t let me, wouldn’t let me go down to 200 pounds.
“But where in boxing do you see them canceling fights a whole week in advance? I haven’t even had my last week to go as low as possible. I said to this man: ‘If there are penalties, keep the bag. Keep the purse. I will fight you for the minimum of $5,000. That’s how much it means to me and that’s how much faith I have in knocking it out. I would have beaten that man with one hand like I did in the gym.
“But let him say it, he already beat my ass in the gym when I was 230. So if you beat me when I was 230, what’s the deal with beating me when I’m 215? years? What’s wrong with me at 210? It’s clearly them who don’t want to fight. It’s not me pulling me out of the fight, it’s them who don’t want the fight.
“I never said I didn’t want this fight. The only thing I can conclude is that they are scared. They tried to empty me. I told them, ‘Look, I can’t go down to cruiserweight.’ It was an astronomical feat in itself from the start when they called me to replace him with Anderson Silva. I told them where my weight was, they knew where my weight was – I was going to have to lose about 1 pound a day for 30 days to gain 200 pounds.
“With all that aside, still, if I wasn’t able to make weight, they knew we had a backup on the side all the time. He did everything I did in this whole camp, Muhsin Cason, who campaigns at heavyweight, who wouldn’t have had to empty himself, who could have saved the series. Jake Paul could have fought a real boxer, but he doesn’t want a real fighter. He doesn’t want to fight a real fight.
“He wanted to drain me and fight a shell of me, which I’m not going to allow him to do. They brought the goal post and the finish line closer and weighed me in all those extra days early and then ended the fight. My team always wanted to fight 100% – always ready, willing and able to take out Jake Paul.
“Blame your boy Jake Paul for this fight not happening. It has nothing to do with me or my team, we let them know what the real thing was, and Jake Paul is scared to fight. All he has to do is say, ‘OK, I beat you at 230, I’ll beat you at 215’. I am still losing weight. Or, “I’m going to beat you to 210,” but he doesn’t want to because he doesn’t want a real competitive fight. He wanted me to be a shell of myself when we got in that ring.
None of this explains why Rahman signed a contract to fight at 200 pounds in the first place, and frankly, that’s as far as I can get trying to care. It was a bizarre idea of the jump, one that now obviously seems destined never to have happened.
I don’t think any of these parts look good here I don’t know why Rahman ever signed a contract to fight at 200 I don’t know why I’m supposed to hold it against Jake Paul that he did and could I don’t honor it, and I don’t care about the rest.
It doesn’t happen, it never will, and I’m done with it. It’s all been a clown show, even compared to boxing’s average ridiculousness.
Thank you, Jake Paul and Co., you have truly set new standards.