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Jake Paul says Hasim Rahman Jr is “trying to renegotiate” fight contract ahead of Aug 6 clash

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The upcoming Jake Paul vs Hasim Rahman Jr fight on 6th August at the Madison Square Garden might be in jeopardy as Paul revealed his opponent is trying to pocket a larger paycheck and is attempting for a renegotiation of the fight contract.

Don’t fumble the biggest bag of your life, dumbass: Jake Paul tells Hasim Rahman Jr

Hasim Rahman Jr, a professional boxer out of Baltimore, Maryland, and the son of former two-time heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, was subbed in as a replacement for Tommy Fury, who was denied entry into the United States due to the Fury family’s connection with crime boss Daniel Kinahan.

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The two had a dramatic sparring session two years back, before Paul knocked out Nate Robinson on the undercard of Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr in November 2020. Speaking to The MMA Hour recently, “The Problem Child” did admit that Rahman got the better off him at that time, but claims he’s now scared and is trying to pull in more money from the fight with a renegotiation.

Jake Paul says Hasim Rahman Jr is "trying to renegotiate" fight contract ahead of Aug 6 clash - THE SPORTS ROOM
Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr have shared the ring in the past. (Image Courtesy: Twitter/@_HasimRahmanJr)

“Hasim Rahman Jr., actually right now, is trying to renegotiate his contract. So he signed a contract last week for 10 times more than he’s ever been paid for any one of his fights, and now — boom, fast-forward one week — he’s trying to renegotiate, he’s trying to suck more money out of the fight, he’s trying to do anything he can to claw and make the money, because I think he realizes the consequences of what might happen,” said Paul.

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“I think he’s actually scared to fight me,” the undefeated pugilist went on, “A lot of these guys are excited by the money at first, and then when it actually comes time to start training and getting into camp and doing all of these things, they all chicken out. So who knows if this fight is even going to happen at this point, because we’re not going to pay him more money. He’s not worth it. He has name but he doesn’t have a massive name. So it’s unfortunate, man.”

Looking at his five fight career, this will be the first time Paul will square off against an actual pro boxer, but no matter how much “Gold Blodded” tries to regegotiate, Paul said that he will not bend to Rahman Jr’s coercions.

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“I’m not paying the guy more. I’m tired of these guys trying to overprice themselves. We’re paying him 10 times more than he’s ever made, and now he’s trying to ask for 30 times more than what he’s ever made, all of a sudden, but there’s a signed contract already. He already signed on the dotted line, and now he’s trying to go back and be like, ‘Well, I’m not going to fight.’ Don’t fumble the biggest bag of your life, dumbass,” Paul added. [H/T Boxingscene.com]

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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