Hasim Rahman says son has ‘underperformed’ to date but will beat Jake Paul He picked the wrong guy Hasim Rahman assures his son will be in rare form against Jake Paul. Hasim Rahman Jr. follows in his father’s footsteps competing in New York’s famed Madison Square Garden. Both parties took part in a press conference on Tuesday ahead of Paul vs. Rahman Jr. at MSG on Aug. 6. The two-time world heavyweight champion was critical of his son’s efforts to date but assured that Rahman Jr. will be more than equipped to deal with Paul.
Flat out, I’m going to give you the honest answer,” he said. “I don’t know if my son is going to like it but I’m going to tell the truth because that’s what I do. My son has really underperformed and underprepared for pretty much all of his fights. But he will be ready for this one. The only concern Rahman Sr. has is the feedback his son will get after snapping Paul’s undefeated streak. I’m excited like everybody else. I just don’t know how I’ll feel when Jake’s hundred billion fans hate my son. After the fight, they’re going to hate him,” Rahman Sr. said. “Obviously, we find it disrespectful. Jake is a real fighter. He is a real fighter and we respect that, but I just think he’s moving too quick. I think he picked the wrong guy at the wrong time.
It’s weird, I don’t know what’s going on over there, Paul said. They seem to not be very smart. They don’t seem to have any sort of strategy. That’s just terrible for his dad to throw him under the bus like that.
Paul (5-0, 4 KOs) will for the first time in his professional boxing career fight someone with professional experience, excluding a technicality in the Tyron Woodley rematch. Rahman Jr. (12-1, 6 KOs) is coming off the first professional loss and finish of his pro career. Rahman Jr. traditionally fights at heavyweight but will compete against Paul at the cruiserweight limit of 200 pounds. Paul props up Rahman Jr. as a bigger foe, but Rahman Jr. rejects the label. The younger Rahman argued that a hydration stipulation in the fight contract will force Rahman Jr. to remain at a size closer to Paul on Fight Night.
You’re stacking the deck,” Rahman Jr. said. Why do you keep calling me a heavyweight, talking about how I’m a heavyweight when you’re not fighting me at heavyweight? If you was really that, you would have fought me at heavyweight.
There wouldn’t have been no, ‘Oh bring him down to 200 pounds and make sure he can’t go over 210,’ come on man. You saw I just weighed 224 pounds in April. Stop playing with me, you put a 10-pound rehydration clause in the contract, shut your ass up. Paul contradicted Rahman Jr.’s assessment of the hydration clause when speaking with “Morning Kombat.
We’re fighting at 200 pounds. He has to weigh 200 pounds on Friday. Then Saturday morning, he can weigh as much as 215 pounds. The night of the fight he can weigh as much as he wants. They almost didn’t want to sanction the fight because they were concerned about his experience over mine.
Paul knocked out former UFC welterweight champion Woodley in his last fight and also holds a knockout win over former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren.
When is the Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman Jr. fight?
The event takes place at 9 p.m. ET and the main event will take place at an estimated 11.30 p.m. ET.
Who else is on the card?
This late in the game, the undercard of this event seems pretty lacklustre.
Who is Hasim Rahman Jr.?
Hasim Rahman Jr. is the son of legendary heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, who famously knocked out Lennox Lewis in a massive upset victory back in 2001. But Hasim Rahman Jr. has amassed quite the record himself. At age 31 he’s now a 12-1 fighter. His sole loss came recently via knockout at the hands of the undefeated James McKenzie Morrison earlier this year in April. Morrison represented the first real challenge Rahman Jr. faced. Up until that point the majority of his fights featured boxers with losing or mixed records at best. Still, at 6 foot 3, Rahman Jr. is bigger than Paul, who has fought mostly undersized opponents in the ring. This could represent a real problem for The Problem Child.
Who is Jake Paul?
You’re probably aware of Paul, the social media personality who first made it big on Vine before moving across to every platform in existence. He showed a talent for boxing and has been fighting ever since. Paul has also moved into promotion, co-promoting a huge fight between Ireland’s Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano, which was one of the biggest female boxing matches of all time. sources by