Looks like our good friend Jake Paul is ready to step up his level of competition in the boxing ring. The popular YouTuber turned professional fighter has signed on to face Hasim Rahman Jr, on August 6th, at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Rahman is the son of ex heavyweight champion, Hasim Rahman.
This will certainly be the toughest challenge for Paul, 25, who holds a perfect record of 5-0 with 4 K.0s. The catch here is, he has yet to fight another real boxer in those 5 bouts. He has knocked out an ex NBA Player, two ex MMA fighters and another YouTuber. Stepping into the ring with Rahman will be a real test for him. However, Rahman Jr. happened to be knocked out in his last outing; but it was against a fighter much more experienced than Jake Paul.
Is Jake Paul Ready
Former Champion Hasim Rahman equated his son’s last poor performance to his consistent lack of preparation. Ironically, Rahman Jr. agreed. When asked about his son’s last bout, in which he was dominated and eventually knocked out, he said,
“Flat out, I’m going to give you an honest answer….”
“I don’t know if my son will like it but I’ll just tell the truth because that’s what I do. My son has really underperformed and underprepared for pretty much all of his fights, but he will be ready for this one.”
Well, if this is the case he had better be training hard. Jake Paul has put some unusual rehydration clauses in Rahman’s contract. Forcing an increase in work-rate will be Rahman Jr’s massive weight cut to make the 200lb cruiserweight limit for the first time as a professional. The boxer usually fights in the heavyweight division, which has no weight limit. But for this fight, he will have to weigh in at a career-lowest the day before the fight. Furthermore he has to remain under 214lb in order to be paid his full purse.
He expects to put in the camp of his life after taking the fight on short notice when Tommy Fury pulled out. It will be his first pay-per-view headliner, and also his first bout at the historic Madison Square Garden when the pair meet on August 6.