Hasim Rahman Jr. is the latest adversary for influencer-turned-boxer Jake Paul.
In a quick turn of events, the social media influencer turned pro fighter Jake-Paul (5-0) will no longer compete against Tommy Fury as Fury is not allowed to leave his country. Instead of this, Hasim Rahman Jr (12-1) will now meet Paul at Madison Square Garden on August 6th.
If the name Rahman Jr. sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the son of former Unified Heavyweight Champion Hasim Rahman (50-9-2), who was famous for knocking out Lennox Lewis in 2001. That night, Rahman Jr. envisioned one day being like his father and winning the heavyweight title. Although the fight against Paul isn’t about a title, the event will have some spectacle and probably as much chatter as a title fight would have these days.
So who is Rahman Jr.? He’s a kid who grew up in Baltimore, MD and missed a significant time with his father when Rahman’s boxing career was in full swing. Rahman Jr. spent most of his time with his mother and cared for his siblings. Ultimately, as he grew older and learned that there had never been a father and son in boxing history who were heavyweight champions, deciding his career path became Rahman Jr.’s motivation to become a fighter.
Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman Jr. will be a Showtime PPV on August 6th
While Rahman Jr. was getting his boxing career off the ground, he and his wife faced tragedy in December 2017 when they lost theirs son of Jibra’il in the delivery room during labor. It was a very difficult time for him and his wife, which is why Rahman Jr. dedicated all his fights to his son.
Rahman Jr. remained active in the five years he was a pro and was on a 12-fight win streak through April, when he lost to James Morrison (19-0-2), who happens to be the son of the former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison (48-3-1). Though Rahman Jr. disagreed with the stoppage and felt it was too soon, he accepted his loss as a minor setback.
With Fury officially eliminated from the fight, Paul and his team quickly set about naming an opponent to save the date at Madison Square Garden in August. After Rahman Jr. was officially designated as an opponent, video of a sparring session between Rahman Jr. and Paul was released showing the two trade words after the ring was split. The footage is two years old, but it confirms both men exchanged punches in the square circle at some point and are aware of some of what’s brought up on fight night.
This is an interesting fight for Paul as Rahman Jr. is a professional boxer and will be the naturally larger guy on fight night. If Paul wins, will past sparring make a difference in this fight and will it cement him as a legitimate fighter in the boxing world? Will Rahman Jr. inflict his first defeat on Paul and provide the Paul naysayers with “I told you so”? All of these questions will be answered in NYC on August 6th.
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