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On July 5, Hasim Rahman, Jr. signed a bout agreement to fight Jake Paul on August 6th at Madison Square Garden
at a maximum weight of 200 lbs. 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%
of his weight over the 4 weeks leading up to the fight. Since weighing in at 216 lbs 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 5th, going as far as to provide a letter signed by a recognized 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 1 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 205 lbs. 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 205 lbs. 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 215 lbs. at the official weigh-in and would not agree to
weigh-in at 205 pounds and informing Most Valuable Promotions that they are pulling out of the fight unless the fight
was agreed to at 215 pounds.
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 6th 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.