Despite the cancellation of Saturday’s boxing card at Madison Square Garden, YouTube star Jake Paul promised to pay undercard boxers 50% of their anticipated purse.
Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions produced the event. However, it got canceled after he was unable to settle on a main-event rival. Due to transportation difficulties, Tommy Fury withdrew. On the other hand, Hasim Rahman Jr. was unable to reach the agreed-upon weight.
Paul made the following claim on Twitter:
“Today was supposed to be the day I fought a “real boxer” at MSG. It wasn’t meant to be. My opponents were both frauds.
I will be back. Much bigger fights ahead.
Again I want to thank all of the undercard fighters. We got you. @MostVpromotions”
According to ESPN, Fury was not given permission to fly from England to the United States in June in order to attend a press conference to promote the fight with Paul. He explained that his Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) was rejected and that he had not been given a reason for the decision.
Fury said: “I can stand here and say I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong and I have no clue why I am not allowed to travel to the USA.”
Rahman quickly agreed to the box Paul after that.
According to MVP, a bout at 200 pounds was originally planned. However, Paul offered to increase his weight as a compromise to 205 pounds. According to Rahman’s camp, the minimum weight was 215 pounds and Rahman Jr. questioned the cancellation, given that they had previously sparred at a heavier weight.
“If you beat me up while I was 230, what’s the problem fighting me at 215? What’s the problem fighting me at 210? It’s clearly them not wanting to fight. It’s not me pulling out of the fight.”
Paul has been questioned about when he’ll face a boxer with traditional training after winning his first five 5-0 against people from different backgrounds.
Paul has volunteered to compete in place of Alex Wassabi in a boxing match on August 27 against another YouTuber, KSI. Even if that bout takes place, the question of how Paul would fare versus a professional boxer will continue to be a hot topic.