HASIM RAHMAN JR has agreed to fight Jake Paul on KSI’s undercard for FREE – with the YouTube boxing star challenged to accept the deal.
Rahman and Paul were supposed to face off at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden last weekend.
But a disagreement between the two forced the entire Madison Square Garden pay-per-view to be scrapped.
Paul’s online rival KSI, 28, suffered a similar fate when his opponent Alex Wassabi, 32, retired with a concussion on August 27.
The American, whose brother Logan was beaten by KSI in 2019, offered to join a fight for FREE.
But KSI later announced that rapper Swarmz – with whom he shares a song – would replace Wassabi.
And Rahman, 31, has countered by offering to fight Paul, 25, on the O2 Arena undercard and will do so for free.
He said on Twitter: “I told KSI I will fight Jake Paul for free on his undercard at O2 in the cruiserweight limit.
“I also announced that I would be resuming the fight with Jake Paul and my purse would only go to the other 50 percent of the fighters who missed our previous undercard.”
Mams Taylor, manager of KSI added: “Given Rahman’s offer: 1 Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman Jr. at cruiserweight and he will fight for free at the sold out O2 arena in London.
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“2, MVP can track all of their pay-per-view numbers and claim them and the revenue they generate.
“(Before anyone says Misfits wants the clout or pay-per-view numbers) Take the fight Jacob.”
Rahman signed to fight at the 14th 4lb cruiserweight limit of 200lbs despite having 16 stone in his last fight in April.
So the New York State Athletic Commission wanted to track his average but later changed the fight weight to 205 pounds.
Paul then spoke out, claiming Rahman rejected the change and would scale no less than £215, resulting in the MSG card being scrapped.
But Rahman denied the allegations and staged a private weigh-in to prove he could hit the new 205-pound mark.
The heavyweight actually came in at 206.6lbs – nearly 2lbs overweight – but called to fight Paul next week – believing he could make 200lbs.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5955278/hasim-rahman-jr-fight-jake-paul-ksi-undercard/ Hasim Rahman Jr. agrees to fight Jake Paul for FREE on KSI’s undercard, with YouTube boxing star challenged to take the deal