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8:42 PM ET The scheduled Aug. 6 boxing pay-per-view card headlined by Jake Paul and...

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The scheduled Aug. 6 boxing pay-per-view card headlined by Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr. has been canceled because of a weight concern with Rahman, Paul’s Most Invaluable Promotions (MVP) wrote in a press release Saturday evening.

The occasion was to happen at New York’s Madison Sq. Backyard.

In keeping with MVP’s assertion, Rahman’s camp advised Paul’s crew Saturday morning that Rahman deliberate on weighing on this coming Friday at 215 kilos. Rahman had initially signed a contract for a bout at 200 kilos, and the assertion mentioned Paul was prepared to compromise to do the combat at 205 kilos. The MVP assertion learn that Rahman’s camp mentioned its fighter would withdraw from the combat if the bout was not at 215 kilos.

“MVP and Jake Paul won’t reward somebody that has carried out themselves in such a deceiving and calculated method,” the assertion learn. “Subsequently, MVP is left with no selection however to cancel the August sixth occasion. This pressured consequence impacts Jake Paul, Amanda Serrano and each different fighter on this card who’ve educated tirelessly over the previous few months for this occasion. The boxing neighborhood should maintain Hasim Rahman Jr. chargeable for his lack of professionalism.”

A Rahman consultant declined to remark when reached by ESPN on Saturday evening.

Serrano, one of many prime girls’s fighters on the earth, was scheduled to combat Brenda Carabajal within the co-main occasion of the cardboard.

In keeping with the MVP assertion, Rahman signed an settlement July 6 to combat at 200 kilos. At the moment, Rahman supplied proof of his weight to MVP and the New York State Athletic Fee (NYSAC) that he would not be dropping greater than 10% of his weight between then and the bout. Rahman, a heavyweight, final fought at 224 kilos in April and had weighed as a lot as 269 kilos as a professional.

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On July 7, in response to MVP, Rahman weighed 216 kilos, and he and his crew had supplied assurances that he was on monitor to make the burden. In interviews with ESPN over the previous two weeks, Rahman and his father, Hasim, each expressed confidence that making the burden wouldn’t be an issue.

MVP’s assertion mentioned Rahman supplied a signed assertion from a nutritionist that his weight was progressing, per the NYSAC guidelines, which included weekly weight checks.

“Within the final 48 hours, it has turn out to be clear that these assurances weren’t made in good religion,” MVP’s assertion learn.

MVP’s assertion mentioned that in an NYSAC weight examine Friday, Rahman had misplaced lower than one pound since signing for the bout in early July. The fee, MVP mentioned, declared it would not sanction the combat at lower than 205 kilos, which Paul was prepared to conform to. A brand new contract was then despatched to Rahman’s crew, in response to MVP, with the burden alteration and imposing strict penalties if Rahman missed the burden.

“Upon receiving this new contract Saturday morning, Rahman’s camp indicated for the very first time that he deliberate to weigh 215 lbs. on the official weigh-in and wouldn’t conform to weigh-in at 205 kilos and informing Most Invaluable Promotions that they’re pulling out of the combat except the combat was agreed to at 215 kilos,” the assertion learn. A request for remark to the NYSAC on Saturday evening was not instantly returned.