Jake Paul appeared to be in danger of losing yet another opponent, Hasim Rahman Jr., early Tuesday morning.
However, based on recordings and images from their afternoon news conference, that does not appear to be the case anymore.
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¶Earlier today, Paul’s Showtime PPV match against Rahman Jr appeared to be at risk as he disclosed that Rahman was attempting to negotiate his contract.
“We signed a deal last week for ten times what he’s ever been paid for all of his bouts, and now, bam, fast forward one week, and he’s trying to suck more money out of the fight,” Paul said on The MMA Hour.
“He’s doing everything he can to claw and earn money because I believe he understands the repercussions of what can happen.”
“I believe he is afraid to fight me. I think a lot of these guys are initially thrilled about the money, but when it comes time to start fighting and getting into camp, they all chicken out.
“Who knows whether this battle will even take place at this point since we’re not going to pay him any more money; he’s not worth it.”
However, both Paul and Rahman were there on Tuesday afternoon, as was the elder Rahman. But, contrary to popular belief, he did not extol his son.
“My kid has badly underperformed and underprepared for almost all of his fights,” Rahman’s father remarked.
“However, he’ll be ready for this one.”
Rahman Jr has 12 victories, six of which were via knockout. He was defeated by James McKenzie Morrison via TKO in April.
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Meanwhile, Paul most recently knocked out Tyron Woodley in the sixth round of their last-minute rematch.
Rahman Jr. will be Paul’s first professional opponent.
“I’m come to put a stop to this charade,” Rahman Jr added. “He’s calling it a career.”