Due to visa issues, Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury is off for a second time. However, Jake Paul did not waste time in saving his August 6th card in MSG. Paul announced on July 7th that he will now face Hasim Rahman Jr.
To the hardcore fans, Rahman Jr. is a 12-1 son of a former world champion, but casual fans may have no idea who he is. To tell the story of Hasim Rahman Jr., you first have to tell the story of his father…
Hasim Rahman is a former two-time world heavyweight champion. He shocked the world in 2001 when he knocked out Lennox Lewis to win the unified heavyweight championship. Rahman finished his career with a record of 50-9, with 41 knockouts.
Although Rahman Jr. does not have a last name like Fury, his family name does still carry some weight in boxing history…
Now moving on to Hasim Rahman Jr., this is actually a massive test for Jake Paul. Rahman Jr. is 12-1 with his only loss being his most recent fight. In fact, Rahman Jr. was winning that fight until he got caught. Not only is Jake fighting a “real boxer”, but he is fighting somebody his size.
Rahman Jr. fought most recently at 224 pounds, significantly bigger than anybody Paul has faced. Paul will be fighting Rahman Jr. at 200 pounds, and Rahman Jr. is a naturally big fighter, often fighting at heavyweight. Not only is this a tough fight for Jake, but it is also a far tougher fight than Tommy Fury.
On paper, Jake Paul should have no business being in the ring with Rahman Jr. However, if Paul wins, boxing fans must give him his respect as a legitimate boxer.
It all goes down on August 6th, live from Madison Square Garden.