YouTuber Jake Paul has finally plucked up the courage to fight a professional boxer after claiming to be one since January 2021.
Facing non-boxers, fellow vloggers, and out-weighing most of his opponents by vast amounts, Paul has found his cojones.
In association with SHOWTIME SPORTS® and his own Most Valuable Promotions (MVP) brand, “The Problem Child” will, in their own words, “dramatically step up his level of competition when he faces heavy-handed Hasim Rahman Jr.
Rahman is the son of two-time heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, the man who famously knocked out Lennox Lewis.
The event takes place on Saturday, August 6, live on SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Former Women’s Pound for Pound Queen Amanda Serrano will defend her featherweight straps against Brenda Carabajal in the co-feature.
More details will be unearthed at a press conference when Paul and Rahman Jr. will go face-to-face for the first time since the fight’s announcement.
They go face-to-face at a press conference on Tuesday, July 12 at 1 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden to preview their highly-anticipated showdown.
Both men have previous though when sharing an ill-tempered sparring session as Paul tried to hone his skills for combat.
“Real Deal” Serrano will also attend to address her upcoming defense against power-punching Argentine “La Pumita” Carabajal.
The press conference will stream live on SHOWTIME SPORTS and Jake Paul’s YouTube channels.
Jake Paul undercard
Rounding out the SHOWTIME PPV undercard are separate bouts involving two of the sport’s most exciting and rapidly rising prospects.
Unbeaten knockout artist Brandun Lee (25-0, 22 KOs) and quick-fisted Ashton Sylve (7-0, 7 KOs) will look to take the following steps in their accelerated developments.
Lee, 23, has won 15 of his last 16 fights by knockout and has shown both one-punch power and the ability to out-box his opponents. He most recently dominated tough veteran Zachary Ochoa in April and has quickly established himself as one of the most talented 140-pounders in the division.
Sylve, 18, is the first prospect signed by MVP. He already finds himself boxing on the biggest stage in the world at Madison Square Garden on SHOWTIME PPV.
The undefeated teenage sensation has stopped all of his opponents in four rounds. He uses his quick-trigger reflexes, high boxing IQ, and heavy hands. He recently knocked out Giovanni Gutierrez in the first round in May during his MVP debut at lightweight.
In the final bout, Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr. settle their differences after Serrano defends her Featherweight belts.
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