On August 6 inside Madison Square Garden, Hasim Rahman Jr. gets the opportunity of a lifetime. Main eventing New York’s MSG, Rahman will take on Jake Paul in a cruiserweight fight.
The fight came together after Tommy Fury was told he could not enter the United States. Paul gave Fury a few days to work things out with his visa, but it wasn’t meant to be. The fight was postponed for a second time. Now, Rahman, a former sparring partner of Paul’s, steps up to the plate.
The Sporting News looks into who exactly Paul is fighting inside “The World’s Most Famous Arena” in August.
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Who is Hasim Rahman Jr.?
After over 100 amateur fights, Rahman made his pro debut in 2017. He started his career with three wins via TKO. In 2021 Rahman fought three times, with two fights ending via some form of knockout. His last fight for him was a TKO loss at the hands of James McKenzie Morrison back in April. That bout was for the WBC USNBC heavyweight title.
Not long ago, Rahman and Paul sparred against one another. Rahman was upset by Paul’s antics, and a video was recently released showing that exchange.
The last time he weighed into a fight, Rahman was over 224 pounds. He has never made the cruiserweight limit of 200 pounds.
Who is Hasim Rahman Jr.’s father?
Rahman’s father, Hasim Rahman Sr., started boxing at the age of 20. He made his pro debut in 1994. In 1996, Rahman beat Trevor Berbick via unanimous decision. Rahman beat Jeff Wooden in 1997 for the USBA heavyweight title. In 2001, he went 1-1 with Lennox Lewis, beating him via KO for the WBC, IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles.
In 2005, Rahman beat Monte Barrett for the interim WBC heavyweight title. Becoming the full-time champion, he lost the title against Oleg Maskaev. After failing to capture the IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles against Wladimir Klitschko in 2008, Rahman went on a five-fight win streak. He then went 0-2 against Alexander Povetkin (for the WBA heavyweight title) and against Anthony Nansen (in the Super Eight Boxing Tournament quarter-final). The Nansen loss was his final bout of him.
Who is Hasim Rahman Jr. fighting?
Rahman is fighting YouTuber Jake Paul. Paul made his boxing debut in 2020, beating YouTuber AnEsonGib via TKO. “The Problem Child’s” next fight that year was against former NBA star Nate Robinson. I have knocked Robinson out in two rounds.
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Paul fought three times in 2021. He beat Ben Askren in April and Tyron Woodley in August, two former MMA champions. Scheduled to fight Tommy Fury in December, Fury had to back out after suffering a broken rib. Woodley took his place from him, and the rematch was set. During the fight, Paul knocked him out in the sixth round. Fury and Paul agreed to fight one another before traveling issues once again forced Fury out of the bout.
“I’m literally crazy,” Paul told ESPN about Rahman. “There’s no reason why I should be taking this fight. … I want to prove to the boxing world that I’m a real dog, which I am. And I’m gonna go in there against this 12-1 kid who is bigger than Tommy Fury, faster than Tommy Fury — all of these things. And I’m gonna put on the performance of a lifetime and just shut everyone up.”
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When is Jake Paul vs. hashim Rahman Jr.?
- Date: Saturday, August 6
- Time: 9 p.m. ET
- Main event: 11:30 p.m. ET (approximately)
Jake Paul and Amanda Serrano return to the ring on August 6. The main card is set to begin at 9 pm ET. Paul and Rahman should make their way to the ring around 11:30 pm ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
How to watch Jake Paul vs. hashim Rahman Jr.
Fans can watch Jake Paul’s return via Showtime pay-per-view. You can stream on Showtime via Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox ONE, your laptop, and any mobile or tablet device.
Jake Paul vs. hashim Rahman Jr. PPV price: How much does the fight cost?
As of now, the fight will cost $74.99 on pay-per-view. The Sporting News will be providing more information as time goes on.
Jake Paul vs. Hashim Rahman Jr. fight card
- Jake Paul vs. hashim Rahman Jr.; Cruiserweights
- Amanda Serrano (c) vs. Brenda Carabajal for the WBC, WBC, and IBO featherweight titles
- Brandun Lee vs. TBA
- Ashton Sylve vs. TBA