Internet celeb turned boxer Jake Paul was warned by the NY Athletic Commission against competing against Hasim Rahman Jr. They claimed it would be too dangerous for Jake to exchange blows with an experienced boxer.
Jake Paul was supposed to clash with Tyson Fury’s brother Tommy Fury for his 6th professional boxing match. However, due to visa issues, Tommy Fury isn’t allowed to enter the US. Hence, Hasim Rahman Jr stepped in on short notice.
Hasim Rahman Jr is the son of two-time world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman. He is also a professional boxer having competed 13 times in the squared circle. Rahman is the first active boxer Jake Paul will face with the previous ones being either retired MMA athletes, an NBA player, or fellow influencer.
Due to this, the NY athletic commission showed concern for ‘The Problem Child’. His trainer BJ Flores relayed the message and personally agreed with the NY athletic commission’s advice.
“The New York State athletic commission advised against it. They said Rahman was too experienced. Rahman had over 100 amateur fights and has 13 professional fights plus he’s used to fighting bigger guys. He grew up around boxing and boxing himself in amateur tournaments.” Flores said to Boxing Scene.
Hasim Rahman boasted a record of 12-1 with his latest bout being a loss. He faced James Morrison back in April and was knocked out in the fifth round. However, Flores claimed that Rahman would have won the match if he hadn’t gotten knocked out.
“Rahman was beating a 20-0 undefeated heavyweight in Kenzie Morrison 4 rounds to 0 before the stoppage. It was 40-36 on all three scorecards. This is dangerous .” Flores added.
Hasim Rahman Jr is surely different compared from Jake’s previous opponents. However, several boxing fans questioned his capability. All of his opponents have bad records such as Ralph Alexander and Demetrius Shaw who were 0-3 and 0-4 at the time.
The rest of his opponents are also showing a bad win-lose ratio. Only James Morrison had a good record with 18-0 before facing Rahman in April.