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Hasim Rahman Jr. responds to Jake Paul’s renegotiation accusations

Jake Paul’s next scheduled fight is once again in jeopardy of being cancelled.

After original opponent Tommy Fury pulled out with visa issues, replacement Hasim Rahman Jr. (12-1-0, 6 KOs) is trying to negotiate a better deal, according to Paul (5-0-0, 4 KOs) in a Monday interview on The MMA Hour.

“Hasim Rahman Jr., actually right now, is trying to renegotiate his contract,” Paul explained. “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.”

“I think he’s actually scared to fight me,” Paul continued. “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.”

But, Rahman Jr. responded to Paul’s comments via an Instagram post.

“This ain’t about money Fake Paul my promoter and the Honig family willing to bet a half million on me to beat you, so let’s not mislead the public. Money can be in escrow of your choice so it’s on you with your good fighting self.” – Hasim Rahman Jr.

At any rate, it appears there are some issues to be ironed out before we can expect a press conference confirming the matchup. But Aug. 6 continues to get closer.

Tyron Woodley was the last fighter to substitute on two weeks short notice for Fury’s first pullout.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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